Frost Science

FaviconOpen for the Holidays: Special Hours 18 Dec 2020, 6:50 pm

Frost Science is open 365 days a year—including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Explore the wonders of science in a safe and welcoming environment with family and friends this holiday season. As a scientific institution committed to serving both South Florida and the greater community at large, Frost Science remains dedicated to providing a welcoming, engaging and—most importantly—safe space for its guests, staff and animals.

Monday, Dec. 21 – Friday, Dec. 25 I 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 26 – Wednesday, Dec. 30 I 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31 I 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 1 – Sunday, Jan. 3 I 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, from our Frost Science family to yours!

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FaviconRequest for Proposal 14 Dec 2020, 8:12 pm

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is soliciting qualifications and pricing proposals for art handler companies who possess the experience, skills and knowledge to install (and de-install) state of the art exhibitions within the museum’s 9,000 square foot traveling exhibition gallery.

Interested firms can contact exhibit.rfp@frostscience.org to request a Request for Proposal package.

Please provide the following information with your request: 

  • Name of Firm
  • Address of firm
  • Company website address
  • Name of firm contact person
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact e-mail

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FaviconEarly Voting at Frost Science Museum 16 Oct 2020, 6:16 pm

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is honored to have been asked to host early voting this year by the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. Early Voting for the November 3 General Election in Miami-Dade County will take place at Frost Science from Monday, October 19 – Sunday, November 1 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

The early voting location at Frost Science will be accessible via the museum’s outdoor Science Plaza/Knight Plaza. A socially distanced line will be clearly marked for those looking to vote. An official secure Ballot Drop Box for completed vote-by-mail ballots will be available on Museum Drive in a bus slip near the entrance to the parking garage. See map below for location assistance.

A public restroom is available at the museum for early voters, accessible via Science Plaza near the early voting location exit. Due to COVID-19, water fountains are closed. A water bottle refill station is available near the early voting location and refreshments and food are available for purchase at the museum’s onsite café (which is offering a 10% discount on all purchases accompanied by an “I Voted” sticker).

Face coverings are required for all guests, ages 2 and older, while on the museum’s property, including while early voting. Guests must wear face coverings at all times both indoors and outdoors while on museum property, as outlined by the CDC.

For additional information about early voting in Miami-Dade County, along with other resources and contact information, please click here. For a list of all early voting sites around Miami-Dade County, please click here. To review early voting wait times at Frost Science and at all early voting sites around Miami-Dade County, please click here.

Getting here

Frost Science is located at 1101 Biscayne Blvd. in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park, next to the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Frost Science is directly adjacent to the Miami-Dade Metromover, Museum Park station. Take the Omni Loop train to Museum Park station to arrive steps from the museum entrance.

Parking

Self-parking is available in the museum garage. Free parking will be available for early voters in the garage (based on availability). A ‘chaser ticket’ parking validation will be provided to early voters at the museum voting site by a poll worker after voting. You must have both your chaser ticket along with the ticket you pulled upon entering the garage. Free parking is ONLY AVAILABLE to early voters at museum voting site; ticket must be used same day. No in and out on the same ticket. Parking is also available for museum guests and all non-voters for a flat rate of $15.

Additional complimentary parking is available at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.), a short 6-minute walk from the museum, for all early voters. Early voters must show their “I Voted” sticker at the Arena garage to receive the complimentary parking. Museum voters may also utilize the Arena garage but will be subject to a $5 flat rate parking fee. To access the Arena garage, enter the north side of the arena via NE 8th St./Port Blvd. and follow the signs for the P2 Garage. Once parked, exit the NW or NE stairs to Biscayne Blvd. and go north towards Frost Science, crossing Maurice A. Ferré Park.

To explore additional transportation and parking options, please visit frostscience.org/parking.

Discounts for Early Voters at Frost Science

Frost Science is encouraging the community to vote early at the museum and enjoy these special perks!

  • Food@Science: Fuel up at Food@Science, the onsite museum café, offering refreshments, snacks, Starbucks coffee favorites & more. Show your “I Voted” sticker and receive 10% off. Open daily; hours vary.
  • Science Store: Shop and support at the museum’s Science Store, offering an assortment of science toys, t-shirts, books, gifts & more. Show your “I Voted” sticker and receive 10% off! Open daily Until 6:00 p.m.
  • Cast your vote. Grab some HEAT: Save 10% at The Miami HEAT Store when you show your “I Voted” sticker, now through 11/8. Offer valid in-store only at Pembroke Lakes Mall, Dolphin Mall and The HEAT Store by the Bay at AmericanAirlines Arena. Discount is single-use and cannot be combined with other offers.

Plan Your Museum Visit: Science Happens Here

Vote early at Frost Science and extend your day with free parking* and a visit to Miami’s only planetarium, aquarium and science museum. There’s always something new to discover, including the museum’s newest special exhibition, Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits. Get a fascinating glimpse of the breathtaking diversity of the natural world and the power of natural selection.

Frost Science has served the community in a myriad of ways – not only by inspiring people to enjoy science and understand its power to positively impact our world – but by being a champion for science learning and research, community access, environmental conversation, and animal care and rehabilitation.

The health of our guests and staff is our number one priority. Click here to visit our dedicated website page to learn about our commitment to safety and explore our new museum guidelines designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for our guests.

The museum is open daily for visitation from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. To purchase tickets and plan a visit, please click here.

* Free parking will be available for early voters in the garage (based on availability). See details above.

Press and Media

If you are a member of the media and would like to receive more information, arrange interviews or receive images, please contact us via email at pr@frostscience.org.


Frost Science would like to acknowledge the gracious support of the Miami HEAT, The HEAT Group and the AmericanAirlines Arena, and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

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FaviconMissing Muve? We’ve got a solution. 22 Sep 2020, 7:14 pm

Missing MUVE? We miss you too! We know many students rely on MUVE Volunteer Workdays for service hour requirements for school and ways to give back to the environment.

In lieu of large volunteer events, MUVE invites you to participate in citizen science safely around your neighborhood, in parks or at the beach. In return, MUVE will provide service hour letters of up to 10 hours per month throughout the school year.

iNaturalist – There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Observing nature helps us study and protect it. As citizen scientists using iNaturalist, you can contribute to biodiversity science.

How to receive hours for MUVE? You’ll need access to the internet or a smartphone and the ability to take and upload photos.

  1. Create a FREE account with iNaturalist.
  2. Get outside and photograph plants, wildlife or evidence of wildlife.
  3. Upload these photos either through the iNaturalist smartphone application or inaturalsit.org.
  4. E-mail muve@frostscience.org your username so we can confirm you have uploaded observations. Please include your full name in the subject line.
  5. For every 10 valid observations you will receive an hour of community service, maximum 5 hours per month.

 

CleanSwell – Submit data to the Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash data base which provides researchers and policymakers a snapshot of pollution problems and ideas for solutions. You can track your positive impact through the CleanSwell app on any smartphone device.

How to receive hours for MUVE? You’ll need a smart phone with the FREE CleanSwell application downloaded.

  1. Venture to a beach, park or neighborhood where it is safe to do a cleanup.
  2. Open your CleanSwell app and click “start collecting”.
  3. Record all of the debris you pick up directly in the app.
  4. When you are finished, dispose of the trash properly and click “done collecting”.
  5. Take a screen shot of the “Review Your Cleanup” screen. Make sure to include the duration of cleanup, total pounds collected and the date of the cleanup in the screenshot. E-mail this image to muve@frostscience.org and include your full name in the subject line. You can receive a maximum of 5 hours per month.
  6. Click “Submit Your Data”.

 

Adopt a Tree – If you’re missing MUVE and also want to make a lasting contribution to their current enhancement sites you can Adopt a Tree! The purchase of a native plant will go directly toward, the restoration of Miami’s coastal habitats and support our conservation efforts. You will receive a digital certification, photo and letter of appreciation outlining details of your specific tree and the environment in which it was planted.

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FaviconFrost Science@Home: The Latest on Animals and COVID-19 8 May 2020, 8:58 pm

Our resident Frost Science veterinarian, Dr. Kristen Dubé, aka Dr. K, has provided us with a further update on what is now known about animals and COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Dubé, along with the rest of our dedicated animal husbandry team, are continuing to follow the science behind the virus to make sure our animals receive the appropriate care they need.

What is now known about animals and COVID-19?

Dr. Kristen Dubé, Veterinarian, Frost Science:

The range of animals that can contract any virus is called the “host range” of the virus. It has been discovered that the COVID-19 virus can only interact with certain susceptible species depending on “receptors” in the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs).

If the correct receptors aren’t present in the animal’s body, then the virus can’t attach and interact with the animal’s cells, and be activated to cause illness. In new research of this disease, early studies have shown that besides people, in a controlled lab setting, certain other mammal species may have the receptors needed for COVID-19 to attach.

Having the right receptor doesn’t mean an animal will get sick from or spread the disease; it just means there is a place for the virus to attach and possibly activate. Initial results show that ferrets and cats are two types of animals that have these receptors. This only indicates that these animals can possibly catch the disease, and there is no evidence that any animal can spread the disease to humans. Humans remain the best host for COVID-19 as the virus has adapted on a genetic level to infect and spread between people, and in certain cases cause significant illness.

What new information is known about COVID-19 in zoo and exotic animals?

Dr. Dubé: In early April, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is the first zoo animal to test positive for this virus in the US. The tiger showed mild signs of a respiratory illness (coughing) and was tested to determine the cause of its illness.

More recently an African lion from this zoo was tested positive, as well as 2 other lions and 4 tigers. All of these animals are reported to be doing well and acting normally. Tests were developed that first used the animal’s feces to determine if they had the virus, and then were confirmed at a designated veterinary lab. COVID-19 testing on animals is done at a specific veterinary lab, and does not use the same reagents/materials that are used in human testing.

A few days ago a small number of mink, animals that are related to ferrets, tested positive for the virus at a facility in the Netherlands after showing respiratory signs. Ferrets are also known to be able to contract other respiratory diseases from humans, such as the influenza virus.

How did the big cats and mink get COVID-19 and can it be spread to the other zoo animals?

Dr. Dubé: Public health officials believe the tiger became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee that was infected with COVID-19, but was unaware they had the disease and not showing symptoms. Early investigations reveal the same situation has occurred in the case of the mink. Other than the cats in the same exhibit as the tiger, animals in other areas of the zoo remain healthy and are not showing any signs of disease.

Animal care staff at the zoo have enhanced their biosecurity protocols and are wearing appropriate personal protective gear around animals that may be susceptible to COVID-19, including nondomestic cats and great apes. Despite primates being very close genetically to humans, there have been no reports of primates in zoos or in the wild contracting COVID-19.

Zoo staff, the CDC, and other US government agencies are continuing to monitor the situation at the NY zoo for any changes.

Can animals at Frost Science or pets become sick with COVID-19?

Dr. Dubé: Fortunately, as shown in recent research regarding the virus host range, this disease can only infect certain mammals, and so cannot cause illness in the diverse species seen at Frost Science.

Despite the global number of COVID-19 cases surpassing 3 million, there are only confirmed cases of 2 dogs and 1 cat in Hong Kong that have tested positive for COVID-19, several mink in Europe, and 2 domestic cats and several nondomestic cats in the US. In the past few days one dog has also tested positive in the US, but interestingly other pets in the same house tested negative for COVID-19. Of the pets confirmed positive, only the 2 cats in NY and the dog were showing any signs of respiratory illness, and in all of the animals it was mild.

Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations continue to agree there is no current evidence to indicate that pets or other domestic animals including livestock, can spread COVID-19 to people.

Are there any other precautions pet owners should take to help protect their animals from this virus?

Dr. Dubé: Until more is known about this virus, any person that tests positive for COVID-19 should restrict their contact with pets just as they would restrict their contact with people. If contact is necessary, masks should be worn when near animals just as would be done around people, and hand washing is important before and after any contact.

Although it has become more important for humans to wear masks, they should not be placed on pets. It could potentially compromise their breathing and cause them to overheat. All people, even those without signs of respiratory illness, should also always continue to practice good hygiene (including hand washing) when interacting with and handling animals.

Keeping cats indoors will prevent them from contacting someone that potentially has the virus. When walking dogs on a leash, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other animals or people. Social distancing is important for animals too. If your pet is showing signs of illness and has been exposed to a person that has tested positive with COVID-19, contact your veterinarian and inform them of their condition before taking them to be examined. They will advise you of the next steps to take.

Even if a pet has been exposed to COVID-19 , there are many other more common illnesses in animals that will cause a pet to become sick. Human diseases and outbreaks such as COVID-19 are driven by person-to-person transmission. As shown by the very small numbers of animals that have so far contracted and tested positive for COVID-19 even when in close contact with humans, it is still considered an extremely uncommon disease in animals. Remember pets and people need the support of each other to help get through this crisis.

With the museum closed due to COVID-19, we are losing admission and event revenue that we so heavily rely on. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help offset the cost of animal care and virtual programming during this difficult time. All donations, however small, will have an immediate impact.

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For questions on different ways to support Frost Science, please contact advancement@frostscience.org

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StarDate Online - Your guide to the universe

FaviconDisappearing Planets 24 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

How do you hide two giant planets? You don’t need black holes, aliens, or even Harry Potter’s cloak. Instead, all you need is the Sun. And right now, it’s hiding its two biggest planets with its brilliant light.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, with Saturn just behind it. And both of them are at a point in their orbits known as conjunction. They’re passing behind the Sun as seen from Earth, so they’re completely hidden in the Sun’s glare. Saturn had its conjunction yesterday. And Jupiter will follow on Thursday night. But both planets will remain hidden for several weeks.

The “hidden” period is stretched out because the planets are at their farthest point from Earth. When something is far away, it appears to move more slowly than when it’s close by. If you see cars moving on a distant highway, for example, they seem to be just crawling along. But if you pull up to the highway and try to cross it, the cars are moving at a scary clip. Yet the speed on the road hasn’t changed at all — only your distance from it has.

Jupiter and Saturn will begin to pull into the dawn sky next month. Depending on your latitude and other factors, Saturn may climb into reasonable view as early as the 20th. Jupiter trails behind it, but it’s also brighter, so you should be able to pick it out just a few days later. Both planets will be in better view by the middle of March.

Tomorrow: Tiny futures for big stars.

Script by Damond Benningfield

StarDate: 
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Teaser: 
Hiding a pair of giants

FaviconButting Up Against the Moon 24 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

El Nath, a star that represents the tip of one of the horns of Taurus, the bull, stands to the left or upper left of the Moon as night falls and directly above it a few hours later. The star also forms part of the outline of Auriga the charioteer.

FaviconMoon and Aldebaran 23 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

The bull keeps a close eye on the Moon tonight. That’s because Aldebaran, the star that marks the eye of Taurus, will be quite close to the Moon throughout the night. They’ll be high in the sky at nightfall, and will set in the wee hours of the morning.

The name “Moon” comes from words in old English that mean “measures time.” They indicate that ancient cultures used the Moon’s phases as a calendar. The period of those phases — almost 30 days — was named for the Moon: a month.

Other languages, of course, have used other names. Several use “Luna,” from the Latin name for our satellite world. And several words have evolved from that, such as lunatic — an indication that people who acted “crazy” were considered to be under the influence of the Moon.

According to some sources, “Luna” has become a popular name for pets. Companies that insure pets or manage networks of pet sitters release annual lists of the most popular names for cats and dogs. And Luna has been on several of them. A 2019 list, for example, said it was the second-most-popular name for female dogs, and the most popular for cats. And the name seems to be just about as common in Australia and the United Kingdom as in the U.S.

It’s not just popular for pets, though. A 2018 ranking said Luna was the 31st most popular name for baby girls in the U.S. And in 2019, it climbed to 16th — a name shared with the brightest light in the night sky.

Script by Damond Benningfield

StarDate: 
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Teaser: 
Cats, dogs, and the Moon

FaviconMoon and Aldebaran 23 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

Aldebaran, the star that marks the eye of Taurus, the bull, will be quite close to the Moon throughout the night. They will be high in the sky at nightfall and set in the wee hours of the morning.

FaviconMore Metallic Skies 22 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

On summer days, we sometimes complain that it’s hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk, the car, or any other exposed surface. On some planets in other star systems, though, it’s hot enough to vaporize the eggs, the sidewalk, and even the car. In fact, astronomers have discovered vaporized iron, nickel, and other metals in the atmospheres of several exoplanets.

All of these planets are giants — at least as big as Jupiter, the giant of our own solar system. That means they’re big balls of gas. And the planets are all quite close to their parent stars — no more than a few percent of the distance from Earth to the Sun.

At such close range, the atmospheres of these planets are heated to thousands of degrees. That means their daytime skies are free of clouds or hazes. On some of them, though, clouds may form on the nightside, where it’s cooler.

One planet where it’s too hot for clouds even at night is KELT-9b. It’s the hottest planet yet seen, with temperatures of more than 7,000 degrees. That causes the atmosphere to puff up, making KELT-9b about three times wider than Jupiter.

By watching as the planet passes in front of its star, allowing starlight to filter through the atmosphere, astronomers have measured what’s in the atmosphere. The list of elements includes iron, titanium, and chromium. It also includes a couple of “rare-earth” elements — scandium and yttrium — more metals for a blazing-hot planet.

Script by Damond Benningfield

StarDate: 
Friday, January 22, 2021
Teaser: 
Metallic skies for alien worlds

ESOcast HD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier.

FaviconESOcast 232 Light: Stars and Skulls 30 Oct 2020, 11:00 am

Captured in astounding detail by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the eerie Skull Nebula is showcased in a new image in beautiful pink and red tones. This planetary nebula is the first known to be associated with a pair of closely bound stars orbited by a third outer star. This video offers stunning views of this object and tells the story of the three stars at its centre.

FaviconESOcast 231 Light: Death by Spaghettification 12 Oct 2020, 12:00 pm

Using telescopes from ESO and other organisations around the world, astronomers have spotted a rare blast of light from a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole. This video summarises the findings.

FaviconESOcast 230 Light: Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus 14 Sep 2020, 3:00 pm

FaviconESOcast 229 Light: Planet-forming Disc Torn Apart by its Three Central Stars 3 Sep 2020, 6:00 pm

A team of astronomers used ALMA and ESO telescopes to study a peculiar system, GW Orionis, and to identify the first direct evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-forming disc, leaving it warped and with tilted rings. This video provides a summary of the findings, showcasing stunning observations and animations of GW Orionis.

FaviconESOcast 228 Light: ALMA Sees Most Distant Milky Way Look-alike 12 Aug 2020, 3:00 pm

Astronomers using ALMA, in which the ESO is a partner, have revealed an extremely distant galaxy that looks surprisingly like our Milky Way. This video summarises their findings.

HD - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

High-definition (HD) videos from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory feature the latest news on space and science findings from JPL and NASA. Topics include discoveries made by spacecraft studying planets in our solar system, including Mars, Saturn and our home planet, Earth. Missions also study stars and galaxies in our universe.

FaviconWhat's Up - August 2020 31 Jul 2020, 7:00 am



What are some skywatching highlights in August 2020? See the Moon posing with various planets throughout the month, plus catch the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.



FaviconNASA's Perseverance Rover Launches to Mars 30 Jul 2020, 7:00 am



NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars today by successfully launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a ULA Atlas V rocket.



FaviconNASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Launches With Your #CountdownToMars 30 Jul 2020, 7:00 am



To get ready for the launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, NASA invited the public to join a global, collective #CountdownToMars project.



FaviconMission Overview: NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover 27 Jul 2020, 7:00 am



NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is heading to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life, collect samples for future return to Earth and help pave the way for human exploration.



FaviconGetting Perseverance to the Launch Pad 22 Jul 2020, 7:00 am



In February 2020, NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars by first traveling across the United States.