Astronomy Days welcome from NCDNCR Secretary Reid Wilson

Reid Wilson, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, welcomes you to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Virtual Astronomy Days event, January 25–31, 2021.

Science at Home: Backyard Navigation

Getting lost in the wilderness is a frightening thought. Fortunately, today we have GPS and fancy compasses, so wayfinding has become easy and routine. But what happens when these modern navigational tools are not available? Are you simply out of luck? Not to worry, as the answer may be as close as the nearest stick! In this video you will learn how to find the cardinal directions — using the Sun and the shadow cast from a stick — to easily navigate back home. And remember: Never Eat Soggy Waffles! 😉

Saturn V LEGO Build Time Lapse

A couple of years ago, in honor of Astronomy Days, we decided to have a little fun creating a time-lapse video building the LEGO version of the NASA Saturn V, the rocket that first launched humans to the Moon in 1969. This model is made up of a total of 1,969 pieces! Coincidence?

You don’t need that many pieces, just be creative and join us in our LEGO Show and Tell: Astronomy Days Edition! We want to see your models!