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Meteors, a Great Conjunction and the Winter Solstice

December is packed with exciting astronomical events—most of which you can see from your back yard! 
The Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminid meteor shower occurs every December and, this year, it’s expected to peak the night of Sunday, December 13, through the early morning of Monday, December 14. The Geminid meteor shower puts on a consistently good show, with up to 150 fast-moving meteors per hour visible in a dark sky—and you might even catch a few meteors on the nights leading up to it!

Give the gift of experiences!

The Fleet Science Center continues to provide special experiences to connect people to science everywhere, including virtual events and in-person educational programs for kids. This holiday season, think outside the "gift box" and give entertaining and educational experiences as gifts. It's a great idea for friends, family, and loved ones! Here are a few suggestions:

The annual Leonid meteor shower is coming up!

The Leonid meteor shower will light up the night sky this month and put on a socially distant spectacle for everyone to enjoy. The meteors will peak after midnight into the early hours of Tuesday, November 17, right before dawn. This year, the Lyrid meteor shower will be just a couple of days after the new moon, giving you plenty of chances to see these celestial streakers with no lunar interference. 

Bridging the gap between home and classroom learning experiences

With most schools closed and many daycare centers only accepting children under the age of five, parents of students in first through sixth grade have few childcare options.
“As the school year approached, we heard from community partners across the county,” said Kris Mooney, Director of Education. “Working parents were in urgent need of options for their elementary school kids.”  

Fleetster Friday: Meet Erik Remington

It’s Fleetster Friday! Today we're featuring our Cafe Team Lead, Erik Remington. This Normal Heights resident describes his job as creative, dirty, important and precise.

Erik's a big fan of Balboa Park because it brings different museums together to one big and beautiful place. If he could live anywhere in the world, Erik would choose Sweden. Let’s get to know Erik a little better: 

  • Complete this sentence: I love science because…

I love nature!

Fleetster Friday: Meet Pamela Truffa

It’s Fleetster Friday! Today we feature Bankers Hill resident and one of our amazing Managers on Duty (MOD), Pamela Truffa.