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What’s Up March 2021

Mar 4, 2021

Spring is fast approaching and the weather is improving, which makes it a good time to go outside and enjoy the night sky. Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins on March 14 when we move the clocks forward one hour. To help remember which way to turn the clocks the phrase “spring forward and fall backward” helps. Of course, most computers and phones do this automatically! The weekend that DST begins is also when the March new moon occurs. This moon is known as the Worm Moon because the earthworms come out at the end of winter. The new moon is…

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How to Do Dollar Store Science Day! Feb. 2021

Feb 9, 2021

Guess what today is? Hooray! It’s Dollar Store Science Day! You might be asking, exactly what is Dollar Store Science Day? Well, allow me to walk you through it. After escaping the motherbored, I mean motherboard, of online work or school, collect up your couch cushion change, grab a science partner (an adult, if you aren’t one), and trek over to your local dollar store. When you get inside, pause slightly to activate your finely honed sense of scientific observation. Next, peruse the aisles for anything that could aid you in an afternoon of cheap and easy scientific discovery!* First,…

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What’s Up February 2021

Feb 1, 2021

Winter brings long cold nights that are ideal for sky gazing. Unfortunately, Oregon is prone to clouds and rain during the winter months that frequently prevent sky gazing. So take advantage of every break in the weather to go outside and view the night sky. The focus this month is on the planet Mars, which is the only planet in February that we can easily see in the evening sky (see images below from timeanddate.com). The most exciting aspect about Mars this month is the arrival of three spacecraft at the planet: NASA Perseverance, Emirates Mars Mission, and the China’s Tiawen-1.…

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