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Virtual Trivia Tuesday

Tuesdays at 6pm

Register for interactive Virtual Trivia Tuesdays! This is a great opportunity to virtually mingle with friends, compete for bragging rights and perhaps even learn something cool. Questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries.


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A “snapshot” in time of nearly one million asteroids and comets in our system and their positions relative to Earth, Mars and Jupiter. This visualization includes data from the Horizons Small-Body Database from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was made with OpenSpace software (Image credit: R. Smith)

Space Rocks! Asteroids, Comets and Their Neighboring Planets

Thursday, August 13

Join us as we explore our small but fascinating rocky neighbors, the asteroids and comets — leftovers from the early beginnings of our solar system ~4.6 billion years ago! What can these ancient relics teach us, and how do they continue to influence planets and life? Using real data sets and OpenSpace interactive software, we will explore these belts of nearby rocky debris and their cosmic dance with planets, including Earth, the gas-giant Jupiter, and Mars. We’ll end at the Martian impact crater, Jezero — NASA’s next landing site to search for extraterrestrial life!

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Dragonfly perching

The World of Dragonflies

Wednesday, August 12, noon–1pm

It’s dragonfly season and now is the perfect time to learn all about these ancient insects, the role they play in our environment, and how they have captured the human imagination throughout history! Join us as Chris Goforth, Head of Citizen Science, shares with us the biology, behaviors, and myths surrounding these winged insects. Learn why we should care about these creatures and what species you might find in your own backyard.

Current membership and preregistration required. Recommended for all ages. Not a member yet? Join today!

Register for The World of Dragonflies

Join us for a series of fun, family-friendly programs every Wednesday afternoon — just for members! Each week, we’ll bring you an exclusive glimpse into nature and opportunities to engage with Museum experts.

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Natural Sciences Classroom

Museum educator holding a baby alligator

Crocs Around the World

Tuesday, August 11, 11:00–11:45am

Do you know the difference between crocodiles and alligators? Have you ever heard of a gharial? Get ready to bellow like a bull and cry like a baby (alligator, that is) as you learn about the amazing crocodilians that live around the world, including right here in NC!

Event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required. Accessibility accommodations, such as an ASL Interpreter or captioning services, can be requested upon registration. We ask that requests be made at least one week before the program so that we can provide the best accommodations to you.

Register for Crocs Around the World

Join a Natural Sciences Classroom every Tuesday at 11am for a fun, interactive experience with Museum experts! All ages are welcome, but we recommend this program for ages 8 and above.

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