Virtual museum tours & digital resources from some wonderful museums & gardens!
This technology tool provides a unique learning experience for budding astronomers and artists. The night sky inspires a deep sense of wonder. In the Science Education Department at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), they harness that wonder using their MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network. Anyone can access these telescopes the same way SAO astronomers access NASA space observatories or ground-based facilities—remotely using computer and digital communications technologies.
Spend a minute or two with River Runner, a site that allows you to “drop a raindrop” anywhere in the contiguous United States and then shows you a visualization of the downstream path to where the raindrop ends up.
The Smithsonian remains active in the digital sphere, making it easy for museum lovers, creatives and lifelong learners to experience its offerings from the comfort of their home. Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of virtual experiences that cater to an array of interests. Whether you’re in the mood to peruse the National Portrait Gallery’s presidential portrait collection, explore the engineering marvels of the Inka Empire or remix one of the 2.8 million images available through Smithsonian Open Access, this roundup has you covered.
Here is a shot showing the difference between the plumage of male and female Ospreys. The male Osprey, on the left, has a mostly clear white breast (it may show some subtle brown banding). A female has more obvious brown banding on the breast, from a little to a lot like the female on the right.
Click Graphic or link above to view the nest live.
This is a wild Osprey nest and anything can happen. While the Menunkatuck Audubon Society hopes that healthy chicks end up fledging from the nest, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect an Osprey family.
The museum Education Department is offering crafts, Science Saturdays & free First Saturdays.
Explore the British Museum’s collection and immerse yourself in 2 million years of history. The British Museum has 8 million, half you can see on the British Museum collection database. Enjoy some of the earliest objects created by man to works by contemporary artists. Choose from curated themed collections like: the Americas, China and Africa, which reveal the fascinating stories behind the objects. A new Collection online includes new records and allows new ways to search.
Click link or graphic to stream on YouTube the 82-minute film in which the British Museum revisits the popular 2013 show.
The Perseverance Rover launched the summer of 2020 and headed to Jezero Crater, where it landed at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.
Rainy Day? Take a virtual walk through the NY Botanical Gardens!
During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration. The Garden’s virtual gates are wide open as well. The content hub features videos, plant guides, virtual events, recipes for kids, and so much more. As spring unfolds, the NYBG will bring you the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings us joy.
Yale paleontologist Matteo Fabbri discusses the latest research on Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur ever found.
His dig in Morocco uncovered a new specimen and, it turns out, Jurassic Park got a few things right–this giant was built for life in the water.
In Honor of Juneteenth
(short for June 19th, 1865 when enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas learned that slavery had ended 2 1/2 years earlier with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation), museums and publications posted special content focused on Black artists. Here is a selection.
Mitchelville joined 5 other black museums and historical institutions to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth.
Artsy also looks at “10 Nonprofits You Can Support to Amplify Black Voices in the Arts”
From NYT: Self-portraits by Black Photographers
MOMA looks at Faith Ringgold. “How could I as an African-American woman artist document what was happening all around me?”