Science Talk

Avian Astronomy – Mapping Migrations in the StarLab

Research in the Planetarium Humanity is not the only species with an astronomical inclination. In studying the strategies by which different bird species navigate their migratory paths, it was discovered that some bird species are also keen observers of the starry night sky. The first experiment to shed light on this amazing capacity actually took…

Mythology in the StarLab

NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team Exploring Culture in the StarLab Whether the Milky Way on a particularly clear night, a comet migrating across the sky, the ominous awe of an eclipse, or even simply the sun daily crossing the sky, celestial spectacles have long influenced cultural imaginations, perhaps nowhere more than in the early…

VINS Celebrates the ‘Solar Eclipse Across America’

Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio August 21st presents a rare and valuable opportunity for educators. This is the day of the “total solar eclipse,” a spectacle which will not be repeated for viewers in the United States until 2024. Jaws will drop across the country, as viewers along the eclipse’s path of totality – spanning…

VINS Spring Science Symposium

                    How does sunscreen impact brine shrimp health?  How can I help to prevent water erosion in my backyard? How can I decrease the amount of energy I use each day? What can I do to help minimize the number of automobile accidents?  These are just…

Earth Day, Every Day

​Earth Day is a great time to stop and appreciate all of the wonders of the natural world.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, we forget to stop and remind ourselves all the Earth has to offer.  This Earth Day, children and adults from across the United States gathered at the…

Hanover High School March Intensive

​Wintery weather did not stop the Hanover High School students from delving into a jam-packed week at the VINS Nature Center for their Hanover High School March Intensive. The HHS March Intensive is a four day course where students are able to pick a topic of their choice to learn about.  The students are able…