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AMNH January 2021 Advance Schedule
January 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
One event on January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on January 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm
UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMS
First Wednesday of the month, January through June
On the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., this popular after-hours online event brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. ET: SciCafe: Arctic Dragonflies. You may think that dragonflies are only found in warmer climates, but did you know that there are species that live in Canada, Russia, Fennoscandia and Alaska? Join Museum Curator Jessica Ware to find out why Arctic dragonflies are threatened with habitat loss as the permafrost melts, why in some regions Arctic dragonflies are being replaced by other species, and more. Discover the latest research about the treeline dragonfly, Somatochlora sahlbergi, and a few other groups, that underpins ongoing work to learn how these dragonflies withstand freezing and to make forecasts about their fate in a warming climate. Viewers can RSVP for the free live online program, here.
First Friday of each month, January through June; 1 p.m. ET
Though the Museum has reopened, the Hayden Planetarium remains temporarily closed. The popular Astronomy Live planetarium program carries on as Astronomy Online, offering guided tours of the universe as livestream events every first Friday of the month on the Museum’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET: Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn. Why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? The NASA Cassini mission revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating this question and even helped to demonstrate how new solar systems form around far-away stars. Find out about Cassini’s discoveries with Museum Curator Denton Ebel and planetary scientist Marina Gemma on an interactive interplanetary journey, and ring in the new year with a trip to Saturn’s rings. Viewers can join this free online program, here.
Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.
What’s new in the universe? The popular annual news roundup from the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson is back, and this time, you can join from your couch! Find out what’s new in the cosmos as Tyson, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, reviews top stories from 2020, including notable commercial space launches, missions to Mars, visits to asteroids and sky phenomena. Visit here to purchase tickets to this online event ($25 per household and $15 for Museum members).
Second and fourth Thursdays of each month, January through June
Ever wonder how a paleontologist finds fossils, how an entomologist studies dragonflies or what tools an archaeologist brings on an expedition? The Scientist Is In is a family-friendly online program featuring scientists from various fields, from astrophysics to zoology. Join the livestream twice per month to hear about what they study and the tools they use, and bring your questions for each scientist to answer live.
Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.: The Scientist is In: Meteorites. What happens when space stuff hits the Earth? Join Steven Jaret, visiting scientist in the Museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, for an exciting family-friendly course on crashing objects. From space dust to meteor showers and extinction-level meteorites, explore how the 30 tons of material that lands on Earth every day impacts our planet and those who inhabit it. A link to join the Facebook watch party will be posted soon on amnh.org/calendar.
Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m.: The Scientist is In: Microscopic Photos. How do you study that which you can’t see? The Museum’s Microscopy and Imaging Facility Manager Morgan Hill Chase spends her time helping scientists throughout the Museum study “invisible” sections of specimens in the collections. Learn about some of her most fascinating current projects, like CT scanning meteorites or tiny pteropods, in this exciting look at the daily scientific work carried out at the Museum in this family-friendly program. A link to join the Facebook watch party will be posted soon on amnh.org/calendar.
This lecture series highlights the latest advances in our knowledge of the universe by presenting the work of scientists working at the cutting edge of astrophysics. For the 2020-21 season, the series will be presented virtually.
Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.: Frontiers Lecture: Toxic Titan. Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique in our solar system; below its thick organic haze layer, rivers of methane carve channels into an icy bedrock and flow into large hydrocarbons seas. Could this moon’s lake-mottled surface and thick, organic rich atmosphere be an ideal setting for life as we do not know it? Planetary scientist Sarah M. Hörst explores this question and all that’s left to be discovered about our own home from studying a moon worlds away. Visit amnh.org/calendar to purchase tickets to this online event ($25 suggested/household and $15 minimum/household; free for Museum Members).
Through Jan. 17, 2021
Visit the Museum this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for over 40 years. The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Cranes and Colors, featuring 1,000 brilliantly colored origami cranes, presented as symbols of peace and good wishes as New York continues to endure the many challenges posed by COVID-19, and drawing inspiration from The Nature of Color special exhibition, which explores the role and power of color in the natural world.
The tree—which is the 49th tree continuing a Museum tradition started in the 1970s—also features hundreds of other models relating to the Museum’s exhibitions, collections and icons.
Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists.
Through March 14, 2021
Everyone knows Tyrannosaurus rex. But do you know how this mega-predator evolved to become the most fearsome carnivore of the Mesozoic? T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, a blockbuster exhibition about the world’s most iconic dinosaur that opened in conjunction with the Museum’s 150th anniversary, introduces visitors to the entire tyrannosaur family and reveals the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through stunning life-sized models, fossils and casts, and a shadow theater re-creating an epic battle.
Encounter a massive life-sized model of a T. rex with patches of feathers as well as reconstructions of a fluffy, helpless T. rex hatchling and a four-year-old juvenile T. rex; a shadow theater where a floor projection of an adult T. rex skeleton will come to life; and a life-sized animation of T. rex in the Cretaceous.
Through Aug. 8, 2021
Color is woven so tightly into our lives that we rarely stop to question what it is and how it works. Where do the colors in diamonds and rainbows come from? How have some animals benefitted by evolving to stand out, while others survive by blending in? Why do some colors make us happy while others make us, well, blue? The new exhibition The Nature of Color reveals how color carries information both in nature and across cultures. Discover how color is used in the natural world to help organisms survive and reproduce and how humans use it in various cultures to signal social status, group affiliation and more. Featuring intricate models and cultural objects, this immersive exhibition will offer opportunities to learn about color through experimentation and play, including dancing with color shadows.