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Challenger Adventure
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Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space and take home a souvenir from your experience. Please Note: Space is limited. To guarantee a spot, purchase tickets in advance at 518-382-7890 x 237; or purchase tickets when you arrive at miSci (if space is available).

Children (3 -12) accompanied by an adult, admission + $5
Seniors (65+), admission + $8

Adults (13+), admission + $10 

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Challenger Community Mission
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Be part of a crew of scientists and engineers in a simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center at miSci. After a short orientation in the Briefing Room, work onboard the Spacecraft to perform critical experiments and activities, and in Mission Control to monitor and guide the spacecraft crew.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Please call 518-382-7890 x 237. Ages 10 – adult; 20 participant minimum necessary to run the mission

$20 per person        



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Dudley Night Sky Adventure: Total Lunar Eclipse
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Prepare for the total lunar eclipse on September 28 when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. The Dudley Observatory, miSci and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers are teaming up to offer monthly Night Sky Adventures at miSci to give all who are interested, an opportunity to practice their observational astronomy skills.  We’ll practice identifying stars, constellations and dark sky objects both through scopes (weather permitting) and in the Planetarium.

$3 per person; $5 per family Rain or Shine




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International Observe the Moon Night
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Come to miSci for a special astronomy program by the Dudley Observatory for International Observe the Moon Night.Rain or Shine.

Free with admission




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Little Wonders of Science: Our Stars
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Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science with an educator reading of Our Stars by Anne Rockwell, hands-on science, and fun! Register with the online signup option below or call 518.382.7890 x 237 to register today!

Free with admission

Sponsored in part by

Charles L. Touhey Foundation

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Little Wonders Star Show
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When you come for our Little Wonders program, enjoy a special showing of our planetarium show geared especially for young audiences at this first-visit planetarium show for preschool audiences. This show also runs at 10am and 1pm Saturdays and school holidays and 1pm Sundays.

Admission plus $5



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Night of Pegasus Planetarium Show Opens
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Celebrate autumn and explore Pegasus, the flying horse, a constellation visible in the fall sky at this live show that looks at the autumn night sky. All shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Machine and include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news. This show will run at 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 3:00p.m. Columbus Day (October 12), Veteran’s Day (November 11), and Thanksgiving Friday (November 27) throughout the fall. Planetarium Show Schedule.

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Saturn: Ring World Planetarium Show Opens
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Saturn is the true "Lord of the Rings". Explore the ringed planet up-close and all around you in this immersive show.Narrated by Star Trek's John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on ENTERPRISE). This show will run at 2pm daily and 11am Saturdays and holidays. Planetarium Schedule.

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Science Discovery Demos: Light Waves
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Learn all about light waves and spectroscopy at this educator-led science demo.

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Science Zone - Astronomy: Phases of the Moon
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Observe the different phases of the moon and test your knowledge in this educator-led activity.

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Science Zone - Astronomy: Pocket Solar System
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Make a scale version of the solar system to take home at this educator-led activity.

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Science Zone - Astronomy: Sew a Constellation
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Learn about constellations in the night sky by connecting the dots of a favorite constellation at this educator-led activity.

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Science Zone - Astronomy: Star Clocks
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Make your own star clock to tell time using the night sky at this educator-led activity. 

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Sense-Able Science
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A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation and Stewarts Shops. More Information.

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Teen Science Cafe: Life Underwater - How Submarines Operate
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Join us for a Teen Science Cafe presentation on submarine science by LT Nathan Stempel. The evening will start with food & conversation (6 - 6:30pm) followed by a presentation on the science behind creating an enclosed ecosystem and how submarines dive, surface and maintain depth; an activity & discussion (6:30 - 8:30pm).  The event will be held at miSci, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 12308.

Teen Science Cafes are student-run and organized and meant to be fun and informative to non-specialists.  


All teens are welcome. Refreshments Provided. Questions? email danette.carll@misci.org  or call 518-382-7890 x 253.

Lieutenant Stempel has served 13 years in the US Navy spending most of his tours working within the Navy's Nuclear Power Program. He is qualified as a Submarine Warfare Officer and has deployment experience to the South Western Pacific Ocean.  His current position is as a Technical
Instructor at MIT teaching Naval Engineering and Weapons Systems.

With support from:
The Teen Science Cafe Network, using funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1223830, GE, & the Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation
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