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STEMfest
NIU’s annual STEMfest will once again dazzle and educate thousands of visitors of all ages to the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct 17. This free, family-friendly festival, attended by nearly 7,500 people last year, celebrates innovations in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and offers hundreds of hands-on...
Photo courtesy NASA.
Here come the meteors! Once a year, our planet crosses the path of the Swift-Tuttle Comet. Debris from the comet’s tail slams into the Earth’s upper atmosphere, creating the dazzling Perseid meteor shower. This year, watch the meteors streak across the sky with NIU STEM Outreach at “Star Gazing,” a STEM Café event at Bliss...
This NASA Hubble Telescope image captured the birth of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud Galaxy, a near neighbor of the Milky Way.
Looking for a spectacular summer show? Look no further than the night sky. In mid-August, the annual Perseid meteor shower will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky and NIU’s STEM Café will once again be there to watch it. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, STEM Café will present...
Attendees can view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which occurs every August when Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Image courtesy of NASA.
Dean Martin had it right when he crooned “That’s Amore” – wine, stars and Italian food are a magical combination. Join STEM Outreach at Acquaviva Winery for the next STEM Café to enjoy the meteors, the moon, the menu, and, of course, NIU experts on astronomy. “Star Gazing at the Winery” will take place from 7:30...
Wei Luo
Now that scientists have convincing evidence that water helped shape the surface of Mars, Northern Illinois University geography professor Wei Luo is setting out to answer another important question: Just how much water was there? “With more and more observations from satellites orbiting Mars and rovers on its surface, researchers have very convincing evidence pointing...
NASA image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis
Now that the space shuttles are museum pieces, what are NASA’s plans for future American spaceflight? NASA Solar System Ambassador Joel Knapper will reveal the current and future plans to get Americans back into space, exploring the universe at NIU’s next STEM Café, “The Future for American Manned Spaceflight,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday,...
NASA image of the Transit of Venus
We can’t all be astronauts or afford a seat on Virgin Galactic’s private shuttle to the International Space Station. So NIU STEM Outreach and the Davis Hall Observatory are offering community members a closer look at the heavens with the Summer Under the Stars program. The program offers free, family-friendly events that are open to...
Story Musgrave, a recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal and a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center, is the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the NIU Graduate Student Research Association. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Holmes Student Center....
NASA image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis
This summer, NIU’s STEM Outreach is hosting a series of free family events that celebrate all things space.  Amateur star gazers and constellation connoisseurs alike will appreciate talks led by NIU experts on everything from the geology of the moon to the history of the space shuttle. The series blasts off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June...