Open 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.
Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, from our Frost Science family to yours!
Request 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 email@example.com to request a Request for Proposal package.
Please provide the following information with your request:
Early 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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disappearing 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
Butting 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.
Moon 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
Moon 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.
More 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 232 Light: Stars and Skulls 30 Oct 2020, 11:00 amCaptured 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.
ESOcast 231 Light: Death by Spaghettification 12 Oct 2020, 12:00 pmUsing 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.
ESOcast 230 Light: Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus 14 Sep 2020, 3:00 pm
ESOcast 229 Light: Planet-forming Disc Torn Apart by its Three Central Stars 3 Sep 2020, 6:00 pmA 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.
ESOcast 228 Light: ALMA Sees Most Distant Milky Way Look-alike 12 Aug 2020, 3:00 pmAstronomers 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.
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