Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Find Out How Scientists Measure the Ages of Stars

Plus, get ready for the Brood X cicadas! 





The gently curved horizon of Earth emits a faint glow, with a dense blanket of stars in view above it.



SciCafe: Measuring the Ages of Ancient Worlds

Join Museum Curator Ruth Angus for SciCafe Wednesday at 7 pm ET to find out why determining the ages of stars offers scientists a better chance of finding life on distant planets—and how she is working to solve this great challenge of modern astronomy.





A Brood X Cicada


The Scientist Is In: The Cicadas Are Coming!

Billions of Brood X cicadas are ready to emerge from living underground for the last 17 years! How do they survive all those years underground, and what do they do once they come to the surface? Join Museum Curator Jessica Ware to find out during this family-friendly program on Thursday, May 6, at 2 pm ET.





Rendering depicts the surface of the moon with two bright streams of lava flowing across the surface.


Astronomy Online: Visiting Volcanoes in Space

Scientists have discovered volcanoes on Mercury, Mars, Io, Enceladus, and even on Pluto! On Friday, May 7, at 1 pm ET, follow Museum Curator Denton Ebel and planetary scientist Marina Gemma on an interactive, live spaceflight to visit our solar system’s volcanic “hot-spots” using the OpenSpace visualization platform. Bring questions for the scientists to answer live on screen!





Earth Day 2021: Road to Recovery video screenshot


Earth Day 2021: Recovery Mode

With travel, manufacturing, and trade disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, the Earth experienced a big drop in carbon dioxide emissions. In this new video, we examine what happened to the economy and environment in 2020 and explore how solutions like renewable energy can fuel a resilient economy and lower emissions.





Hand holding a vaccination sticker of the Blue Whale in front of the Blue Whale


Get Vaccinated Under the Blue Whale!

New York City residents can receive their free COVID-19 vaccination in the lower level of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. An added bonus: Everyone who receives their vaccination at the Museum will get a voucher for a complimentary future visit to the Museum for up to four people.





Your Support Is Critical

As we welcome back visitors, the Museum continues to operate under unprecedented financial strain—and we urgently need your help to keep fulfilling our mission of science and education. At this crucial moment, every gift, of any size, matters. We are gratefully accepting donations here.