Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker Opens July 1

Plus, register your middle school student now for a Fall 2021 science class.




Adult sea lion and pup.



Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker Opens July 1

In Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker, a new giant-screen film opening Thursday at the Museum, meet an endangered Australian sea lion pup named Otto as she learns to navigate her beautiful but harsh coastal environment—and follow the efforts of a marine park ranger to help protect her colony. Free for Members.





Science collage.


Science Alliance for Middle School Students

Registration for middle school Science Alliance classes for the 2021–2022 school year is now open! Book spots for topics in astrophysics, anthropology, Earth science, and more for students entering Grades 6, 7, and 8.





The Sun is shown on the far left with the Earth in the foreground in the center of the image, with a horizontal band of brightened stars.


New Study IDs Nearby Star Systems That Can “See” Earth

Are we being watched from space? Using data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia catalog, Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and Cornell astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger have found 1,715 star systems that could have spotted Earth since human civilization blossomed and another 319 that might over the next 5,000 years.





A close up of a pearl


Organic Gems in the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

They are often so polished and perfect it’s easy to forget that jet, amber, coral, and pearls are gemstones produced by living organisms! Learn more about their formation and see spectacular examples in the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, now open. Free for Members.





A shell brooch encrusted with gems


Beautiful Creatures

In the mid-20th century, Italian designer Duke Fulco di Verdura bought unadorned seashells from the Museum’s gift shop—and set them with gems and gold to create brooches like this one. See this beautiful jewel and more than 100 jewelry pieces inspired by animals in the special exhibition Beautiful Creatures in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery within the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. Free for Members.





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