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What's Happening in January 2006

Light & Color: Breaking the Cosmic Code
Saturday, January 14
Astronomers find out all kinds of information about distant stars and galaxies just from the light they emit. Make some of your own light and color discoveries with hands-on activities presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Sponsored by Davis Waste Removal. Free with paid admission to the museum. 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Explorit Science Center, 3141 5th Street, Davis. Call (530) 756-0191.

Lecture: Personal Sky Cars
Tuesday, January 17
Bumper-to-bumper traffic could be a thing of the past if Paul Moller has anything to say about it. In the future, his flying cars could be found on every driveway. They take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Learn about these machines at his talk "Skycar Volantor: Personal Airborne Transportation in the 21st Century." This talk is part of Explorit's Cutting Edge of Science Lecture Series. Sponsored by Novozymes. Free. 7:30 p.m., Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis. Call (530) 756-0191.

Family Astronomy Night: NASA's Mission to Pluto
Saturday, January 21
The first spacecraft designed to study Pluto launches in January as part of NASA's mission, "New Horizons." Learn about the mission and what scientists expect to discover about our solar system's most distant planet with JPL Solar System Ambassador, David Takemoto-Weerts. The indoor presentation will be followed by outdoor viewing with the help of the UC Davis Astronomy Club (weather permitting). A Dennis Smith Family Astronomy Program. Free. 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Explorit Science Center, 3141 5th Street, Davis. Call (530) 756-0191.

The Physics of Sound and Music
Saturday, January 28
The science of music comes alive in this free event with special guests. The Sacramento Youth Symphony will present live music performances to demonstrate science concepts such as sound and pitch through percussion, wind and string instruments. Sponsored by Davis Waste Removal. Free. Demonstrations at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. at Explorit Science Center, 3141 5th Street, Davis. Call (530) 756-0191.


A Science Mosaic: Creating Public Art
Sundays, January 22 - February 5, 2006
Participants will leave a legacy at Explorit by working with local artists to create a ceramic and mosaic covered outdoor bench. The program offers two classes that each meet on three consecutive Sundays. During each class students will learn about the interconnections of science and art by carrying a project through from conception to final product. Classes are for kindergarteners through adults (children in K-2 must be accompanied by an adult). Fees are $40 (members) $50 (nonmembers). Open registration begins Nov. 22. Please call Explorit at (530) 756-0191 or visit for more details.

Earth Explorations
Examine some of the landforms that cover our planet, study the plants and animals that inhabit its surface, and invent a sculpture to represent a feature of the Earth.
Sundays, January 22, 29 and February 5 10am-12:30pm

Water Wonders
Ripples form in rivers, boats float on waves and fish swim against currents. Discover the properties of water while designing a wonderful work of art.
Sundays, January 22, 29 and February 5 1:30pm-4:00pm


Through March 12
Hands-on exhibition at Explorit Science Center: "Catch a Wave: The Science of Light and Sound," which runs through March 12, 2006. When lightning strikes, you'll often see the bolt before you hear the thunder even though both light and sound travel as waves. Discover the properties of light and sound and conduct some of your own wave experiments. Admission is $3 per person. Tuesday-Friday, 2-4:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11-4:30 p.m. at Explorit Science Center, 3141 5th Street, Davis. Call (530) 756-0191.

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