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FaviconSpring Break Extended Hours 24 Mar 2021, 6:54 pm


As a spring break special, Frost Science will be staying open until 7:00 p.m. from Monday, March 29 through Thursday, April 1. As always, we are open until 7:00 p.m. from Friday through Sunday weekly. Take advantage of the extra time to extend your visit and make it a week of discovery that the whole family will love! 

Visit frostscience.org/planyourday to book your tickets.

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FaviconFrost Science joins the Building Efficiency 305 Challenge 12 Feb 2021, 8:56 pm

Frost Science has joined the Miami-Dade County Building Efficiency 305 Challenge (BE305 Challenge). 

The Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience launched the BE305 Challenge on October 7, 2020, in honor of National Energy Efficiency Day. The goal of the BE305 Challenge is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent collectively in participating buildings across Miami-Dade County by 2026. By improving the energy and water management of county, municipal, university, hospital, and commercial buildings, the BE305 Challenge intends to free up business capital for more productive uses, stimulate growth for communities, and foster new business opportunities.

The BE305 Challenge is a part of County’s Building Efficiency 305 Program- an effort aimed at making Miami-Dade more resilient by supporting property owners and managers in their quest to improve building performance through training, access to financial support, benchmarking, retuning (retro-commissioning), and building code education. In Miami-Dade County and across the country, buildings waste 30% of energy and water consumption on average due to inefficient operations. The BE305 Challenge targets this inefficiency. Now, we’re ready to take on the BE305 Challenge and lead the way as a building performance influencer!

For more information, or to join the BE305 challenge, visit https://be305about-mdc.hub.arcgis.com/

                                                                       

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FaviconThe Mission Continues 12 Feb 2021, 4:49 pm

Last year, Miami hosted the 2020 Super Bowl and in honor of the NFL’s 100th season Frost Science joined forces with NFL Green, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Rescue a Reef program and FORCE BLUE to replant 100 staghorn corals in waters adjacent to Rainbow Reef, a colorful, expansive coral reef located just off Key Biscayne.

But after the Kansas City Chiefs clinched the 2020 title, the need for continued coral reef restoration didn’t end there. 100 Yards of Hope is an expansion of this original initiative, in hopes to reestablish a continuous football-sized area of healthy coral reef. With Tampa, Florida hosting the 2021 Super Bowl event, the synergistic continuation of the project allowed the team to enhance our reach, partnerships and capacity to incorporate additional species to our restoration practices for a more wholistic approach.

In fall 2020, Force Blue divers arrived in Miami Florida to expand the original 100 corals planted at 100 Yards of Hope. With all the partners (including the addition of The Florida Aquarium and SECORE International) on board three separate vessels working in tandem, the team successfully harvested and out planted over one thousand staghorn coral and thousands of mountainous star coral larvae. Additionally, during NFL Green week at the end of January 2021, everyone returned to Miami to outplant 55 elkhorn coral, another important branching coral, to commemorate the 55th Super Bowl. These individual corals were grown and raised by the Florida Aquarium, which resides in Tampa, Florida.


Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed the 55th Super Bowl title and even though Florida won’t be hosting Super Bowl 2022, our work still doesn’t end. We are taking the lead on introducing another species to our 100 Yards of Hope site, but this one is a little different than the coral out planted before it. Diadema or long-spined sea urchins, are crucial reef animals that grazes on algae, which can inhibit coral settlement and growth.   Following a nearly complete mortality event that swept through the Caribbean in 1982, these important grazers have never recovered in Florida or many other parts of the region.

We have collected over 150 of these urchins and will be relocating these urchins to 100 Yards of Hope, an area that upon initial observation did not have many if any of these urchins. The hope is to improve population density at this restored reef in order for these urchins to more readily spawn and reproduce. With our partners, we will continue to monitor the success of this relocation to determine if it is a viable option for long term restoration techniques.


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FaviconNew Education Partnership with Amanyara Turks & Caicos 26 Jan 2021, 3:26 pm

Frost Science is excited to announce the launch of a new youth activity program, Science Explorers and Environmental Keepers (SEEK), in partnership with Amanyara Turks & Caicos, a resort on the shores of an 18,000-acre nature reserve on the island of Providenciales.

Frost Science will launch eight camps at Amanyara in 2021, with programming targeted to children (ages 5-10) as well as pre-teens and teens (ages 11-14). SEEK camps will focus on three primary themes: Coastal Conservation, Reef Rescue and Sun, Moon and Stars, with hands-on science activities and “out in the environment” guided experiences, such as kayaking and snorkelling led by Frost Science Educators. This is the museum’s first collaboration with a resort.

“The rich natural beauty and abundance of marine life makes Amanyara the ideal destination for children to explore and learn about our vital ecosystems,” commented Dr. Angela Colbert, Knight Vice President of Education, Frost Science. “Our new SEEK program, developed exclusively for Amanyara, was designed to cultivate an interest in scientific discovery in the resort’s youngest visitors and inspire them to be good stewards of our incredible planet. Through this partnership, guests will have direct access to our skilled museum educators and scientists.”

 

    


SEEK Program Themes:

Coastal Conservation: This theme will take a deeper look into the mangroves, sand dunes and marine life that call coastlines home. Young explorers will learn about key conservation efforts and ways in which to help make a change. Activities will include kayaking or hiking through the mangroves, building a coastline model, mangrove nursery scavenger hunt and a microscopic look at sand and plants.

Reef Rescue: The pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marina National Park are some of the regions most diverse – a vibrant underwater wonderland running parallel to Amanyara’s secluded beach. Children will dive into the science of corals and other marine life located right off Amanyara, including turtles, rays and fish. Activities will include snorkelling or kayaking, building a coral reef and developing a unique “Save the Reef” campaign that celebrates biodiversity.

Sun, Moon and Stars: Young guests at Amanyara need only look upward to the starlit skies to witness the beauty of the cosmos. Frost Science Educators will explain the interesting properties of the sun and moon before launching into the science of the stars. Children will learn how we can use light to search for life on other planets as well as hear fascinating stories about the constellations. Activities will include night-time stargazing, constellation mapping, spectroscopy and creating moon models. 

“We are delighted to be working with Frost Science for our new youth programming,” said Ian White, General Manager, Amanyara. “SEEK will elevate our already strong family experiences at Amanyara, which include soccer and tennis camps, water sports, outdoor wellness activities and more. With the new SEEK camps, we hope to cultivate enthusiasm for the environment and passion for conservation amongst the next generation as they learn to take care of our planet.”

The themed SEEK camps will be offered during the following periods with a flexible daily drop-in atmosphere. The daily rate per child is $95.*

  • February 11 – 15: Sun, Moon and Stars 
  • March 18 – April 3: Coastal Conservation and Sun, Moon and Stars
  • May 27 – 31: Reef Rescue
  • July 1 – 5: Reef Rescue
  • August 1 – 15: Coastal Conservation and Reef Rescue
  • November 24 – 28: Sun, Moon and Stars

In addition to participation in the programs, young guests will take home keepsakes, such as a tote bag and reusable water bottle, of their experiences at Amanyara as well as complimentary tickets to visit Frost Science in Miami. Parents booking a trip to Amanyara and a SEEK camp to celebrate a child’s birthday will also receive a celebratory birthday surprise gift box in advance of their stay.  

For guests who want a more personalized experience for their families, Amanyara can offer a bespoke private camp experience at the resort throughout the year with advance reservations. Ideal for families, Amanyara’s newly renovated, standalone pavilions and multi-bedroom villas feature large pools and personalized services as well as an abundance of space and privacy.

*Dates and themes are subject to change.

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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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StarDate Online - Your guide to the universe

FaviconMoon and Mars 16 Apr 2021, 5:00 am

Pavonis Mons on Mars

Pavonis Mons, one of the tallest mountains on Mars, towers about nine miles above the surrounding landscape. The extinct volcano lies along the equator, making it a good spot to anchor a space elevator, which could transport people and goods between the surface and space. Such a technology is many decades in the future, though. [NASA/JPL/Arizona State]

If science fiction has its way, future travelers to Mars might arrive on a giant volcano. Pavonis Mons is miles high, and it lies along the equator. That makes it a perfect spot for a space elevator — a massive chord connecting Mars and a platform thousands of miles out in space. People and cargo could arrive at the platform, then enter elevator cars for the long ride down.

Pavonis Mons is the middle peak in a chain of three giant volcanoes. It’s about nine miles high and a couple of hundred miles wide. It’s topped by two large craters from which lava once flowed. The bigger of the two is also older — it’s mostly filled with dust. The other is younger and sharper.

Pavonis Mons and the other volcanoes built up as thick lava flowed down their flanks. The lava could have flowed for hundreds of millions of years or longer, building the mountains to giant proportions. There’s no evidence that Pavonis Mons is active today. But it could have been active within the last few million years.

If people ever do arrive at Pavonis Mons from an elevator, the mountain even offers a few places to stay. Spacecraft have photographed the entrances to deep caves that tunnel into the mountain. If they could be sealed up, they might provide a comfortable habitat — an arrival spot on a Martian volcano.

Mars follows the Moon down the sky this evening. The planet looks like a fairly bright orange star.


Script by Damond Benningfield

StarDate: 
Friday, April 16, 2021
Teaser: 
A perfect arrival spot on Mars
Pavonis Mons on Mars
Pavonis Mons on Mars

FaviconMoon and Mars 16 Apr 2021, 5:00 am

Mars follows the Moon down the sky this evening. The planet looks like a fairly bright orange star to the upper left of the Moon. A similarly bright star, El Nath, stands about the same distance to the upper right of the Moon.

FaviconArrival Point? 16 Apr 2021, 5:00 am

Pavonis Mons, one of the tallest mountains on Mars, towers about nine miles above the surrounding landscape. The extinct volcano lies along the equator, making it a good spot to anchor a space elevator, which could transport people and goods between the surface and space. Such a technology is many decades in the future, though. [NASA/JPL/Arizona State]

Moon and Mars
Pavonis Mons on Mars

FaviconMoon and Aldebaran 15 Apr 2021, 5:00 am

Aldebaran, the bright orange eye of Taurus, the bull, accompanies the Moon down the western sky this evening. It stands close to the left of the Moon and is easy to pick out.

FaviconMoon and Aldebaran 15 Apr 2021, 5:00 am

Aldebaran, the bright orange eye of the bull, accompanies the Moon down the western sky this evening. It’s to the left of the Moon, and it’s easy to pick out.

Thousands of years ago, Aldebaran wasn’t dropping from sight in the evening sky at this time of year. Instead, it was just climbing into view in the morning sky. And some cultures might have paid close attention to that first appearance.

About 6,000 years ago, the cultures of central Portugal built many stone monuments. Some of them consisted of a central chamber made from tall slabs of granite, with a long, narrow entryway. Researchers have concluded that many of those entryways aligned with the sunrise during late spring. That was when the tribes were moving their sheep and goats to higher ground for the summer.

But some of the passageways have different alignments. Instead of the sunrise, they face the rising points of Aldebaran and Betelgeuse, the bright orange shoulder of Orion. Aldebaran rose first, in late April — a more likely time to be heading for the summer grounds. So one researcher has concluded that those monuments could have served as observatories. An observer sat inside the main chamber and looked out through the entryway. When he first saw Aldebaran climb into view in the bright dawn twilight, it was time to move — nudged to higher ground by the eye of the bull.

We’ll talk about the Moon and another orange companion tomorrow.


Script by Damond Benningfield

StarDate: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Teaser: 
Keeping an eye on the eye of the bull

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 236 Light: First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found 30 Mar 2021, 3:00 pm

New observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is only the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine ever observed. This video summarises new findings on this mysterious alien visitor.

FaviconESOcast 235 Light: Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at Black Hole's Edge 24 Mar 2021, 2:00 pm

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has today revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. This video summarises the discovery.

FaviconESOcast 234 Light: Most distant quasar with powerful radio jets discovered 8 Mar 2021, 1:00 pm

With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source of radio emission known to date. The source is a “radio-loud” quasar — a bright object with powerful jets emitting at radio wavelengths — that is so far away its light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. This video summarises the discovery.

FaviconESOcast 233 Light: Six-Exoplanet System with Rhythmic Movement Challenges Theories of How Planets Form 25 Jan 2021, 3:00 pm

Using a combination of telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO's VLT), astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. This video summarises the discoveries and explains why this puzzling system is challenging our theories of how planets form.

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.

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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



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



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