Museum News

New Astrophotography Exhibit

New Astrophotography Exhibit

Posted: | Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Museum news, Space Science, What's Happening

The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium will debut a new exhibit on January 21st entitled “Capturing Starlight: Astrophotography from the Northern Skies Observatory.” Astrophotography is the photography of objects in space, using specialized equipment to capture light from faraway objects. Even with the use of a powerful telescope and long exposure… Read More
Winter Finches

Winter Finches

Posted: | Categories: Observing, What's Happening

Have you noticed fewer finches at your feeders this winter? We asked Director Emeritus of the Fairbanks Museum, Charlie Browne, who is a longtime Northeast Kingdom Audubon Officer about this observation. He says, “There seem to be no Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, or Redpolls to be found in our area… Read More
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: | Categories: Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Venus brings a dramatic opening to star-gazing this month, near its highest and brightest in the southwest, accompanied to its upper left by a fading Mars, so wonderfully bright last year.  Jupiter rises just before midnight after mid-month, Saturn climbing out of the twilight, and Mercury making an appearance low… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: | Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather

January is the heart of winter.  It is the coldest and snowiest month on the average, although it does not hold the record for the all-time snowiest month, nor the coldest month.  January’s consistency is its claim, with any thawing rare, and very few instances of a lack of snow. … Read More
Home School Day

Home School Day

Posted: | Category: Learning

Friday, January 13, 12 – 2 PM. Fairbanks Museum educators offer monthly programs for home school families and groups. These explorations are designed to engage learners of various ages who are at different levels.  This month, a field expedition invites curious minds to track animals and take note of how… Read More
House Cleaning

House Cleaning

Posted: | Categories: Fairbanks Museum, What's Happening

Jan 1 – 20, 2017 Our doors are closed while we polish the cases, refresh the lights, and install new exhibits. We’ll reopen on Sat, Jan 21, with fresh exhibits, updated lighting, and new displays for you to enjoy. Wishing you all the very best start to the… Read More
Christmas Bird Count 2017

Christmas Bird Count 2017

Posted: | Category: Observing

Northeast Kingdom Audubon, a Chapter of the National Audubon Society, invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  On January 1, 2017, birders and nature enthusiasts will fan out across parts of Barnet, Peacham, Danville, St. Johnsbury, Waterford, Monroe, and… Read More
What’s What with the Weather?

What’s What with the Weather?

Posted: | Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, weather, What's Happening

Where does snow come from? How to clouds stay up in the sky? How hot is lightning? Those questions and more are answered by Fairbanks Museum meteorologist Mark Breen on the VPR podcast But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids. Kids from all over the world ask questions on this podcast, and Mark… Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: | Category: Skywatch Almanac Weather

Notes: December is dark for more reasons than the failing daylight.  Clouds are at their maximum as the re-establishment of a storm track along the Atlantic coast combines with the open waters of the Great Lakes to keep sunshine to a minimum.  A typical storm traveling up the coast sweeps… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: | Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Highlights: The longest nights of the year offer the greatest variety of stars and constellations.  Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran,… Read More