Glasgow Science Centre

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Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions situated on the banks of the Clyde. We present concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways - interactive exhibits, planetarium, live science shows & Imax 3D cinema. Follow us on Instagram , Twitter , and YouTube

🐔 Do some land vertebrates share an emotional vocal signalling system? Researchers in Australia have found that humans c...
04/01/2024

🐔 Do some land vertebrates share an emotional vocal signalling system? Researchers in Australia have found that humans can tell by chickens' calls if the birds are happy or frustrated. The results add to a growing body of work that suggests humans from around the world can interpret emotions in the calls of a vast range of animals from tree frogs and alligators to ravens and giant pandas.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year when it comes, from everyone at Glasgow Science Centre!
31/12/2023

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year when it comes, from everyone at Glasgow Science Centre!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Glasgow Science Centre! 🎅🎁🎄
25/12/2023

Merry Christmas from everyone at Glasgow Science Centre! 🎅🎁🎄

Today is the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of astronomical winter. It occurs w...
22/12/2023

Today is the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of astronomical winter. It occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest from the sun, giving us the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Central Scotland is likely to see just 6 hours, 56 minutes and 55 seconds of daylight – blink and you might miss it!

But good news...from here, days get longer and the countdown to spring begins, starting on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

🌅 Sunrise: 08:45
🌆 Sunset: 15:42

Picture a distant ice giant rocked by storms and extreme seasons, surrounded by striking halo-like rings and guarded by ...
21/12/2023

Picture a distant ice giant rocked by storms and extreme seasons, surrounded by striking halo-like rings and guarded by mysterious moons. That's just what the James Webb Space Telescope has done after training its sights on an unusual and enigmatic, side-spinning planet. This week, a new image was released showing Uranus in exquisite detail. Doesn't it look stunning?

📷 Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

What is winter? ❄️Can you make your own fake snow? ☃️How do animals stay warm? 🐧Find out the answers to these questions ...
19/12/2023

What is winter? ❄️

Can you make your own fake snow? ☃️

How do animals stay warm? 🐧

Find out the answers to these questions (and more!) in our latest FREE issue of The Spark ⬇️

💥 Get your copy (PDF):https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/sites/default/files/The-Spark/The%20Spark%20magazine%20Issue%2022%20WEB.pdf

18/12/2023

These brilliant Thank-You cards from Primary 5 classes at The Community School of Auchterarder are just so lovely we had to share them! 😍❤️🚀

Our wonderful Glasgow Science Centre On Tour team received them following their visit to the school on our last tour of the year in Perthshire!

👀 Eyes to the skies again this week for the twinkling light show put on by the Geminds meteor shower! Peaking tonight an...
14/12/2023

👀 Eyes to the skies again this week for the twinkling light show put on by the Geminds meteor shower! Peaking tonight and Friday night, the multicoloured streaks of light from these 'shooting stars' are often described as the best and most reliable of the year by skywatchers.

🌠 The colourful display is formed by tiny sand-sized bits of leftover debris from the rocky asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, burning up in the Earth's atmosphere. If conditions are good, and the weather favourable, you can expect to see up to around 70 per hour. You won't need any special equipment. Just get away from other bright lights, stay warm and safe, and look up!

If you spot any, let us know!

We love seeing our staff in their winter woolly wonders!
07/12/2023

We love seeing our staff in their winter woolly wonders!

Get ready for a jam-packed weekend filled with festive activities that promise to get you in the Christmas spirit!Here's...
06/12/2023

Get ready for a jam-packed weekend filled with festive activities that promise to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Here's what we have in store for you:

🚂 Polar Express 3D and Elf in the IMAX: Our two classic films deliver the heartwarming cheer for the whole family - be quick, tickets are selling fast!

🎪 Indoor Festive Market: Sleigh your shopping list with unique gifts from local stallholders (Saturday and Sunday)

🎄 Christmas in the Science Show Theatre: How does Santa's sleigh work? Is it magic? Or, is it science!!

💥 Festive Day Out: Get full access to 3 floors of interactive exhibits, plus enjoy one of our festive films with a snack box for the great price of £15 per person!

❄️ Winter Wonderland Science Late: One for the adults only...jingle all the way through exhibits, shows, & workshops with a drink in hand! (Saturday evening)

Plan your visit: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-on

No matter who you are, there's nothing quite like a Glasgow Science Centre welcome! A massive congratulations to all our...
04/12/2023

No matter who you are, there's nothing quite like a Glasgow Science Centre welcome!

A massive congratulations to all our staff whose unwavering efforts have led us to win the Inclusive Tourism Award at the . The judges commended us on our 'holistic approach to providing an environment where everyone can feel included'

Hearing the news, our Chief Executive Dr Stephen Breslin, said: "We were immensely proud. It is a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by our incredible team. We strive to make the science centre a welcoming, respectful and supportive environment for everyone."

JUST ANNOUNCED: IMAX presents QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL  Experience rock & roll royalty, as Queen takes to the stage in a hist...
29/11/2023

JUST ANNOUNCED: IMAX presents QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL

Experience rock & roll royalty, as Queen takes to the stage in a historic and exhilarating live concert from 1981, digitally re-mastered for the first time into the image and sound quality of the IMAX Experience.

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon perform an unforgettable setlist of their greatest hits including “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” “Under Pressure,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “We Are the Champions.”

This is Queen like you’ve never seen before in a larger-than-life, front row concert experience – for one weekend only!

👑🎟️ https://buytickets.at/gscimax/1079509?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=queen_rock_montreal

Sleigh your shopping list as our indoor festive market heads its merry way to the science centre on Saturday 9th and Sun...
27/11/2023

Sleigh your shopping list as our indoor festive market heads its merry way to the science centre on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December* from 10am to 4pm.

We have a fantastic selection of vendors joining us who are eager to help you tick off your Santa wishlist. From jewellery, crafts, artwork, toys and so much more.

Guests joining us for our Winter Wonderland Science Late will also be able to have a jolly around our festive market from 6 pm - 10 pm. It's the yule-tide cherry on top!

*market access included with Science Mall and Science Lates tickets

25/11/2023

Our next Climate Conversations Live is this Monday! (27 November)

Join us as Dr James Rae gives a whistle-stop tour of the 3 S’s of climate change: the unexpected Simplicity of the science, the Seriousness of the impacts, and - most importantly - the action needed to make this problem Solvable. Plus, your chance to ask your big climate questions.

https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-on/climate-conversations-live-dr-james-rae?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=climate_conversations_live

Climate Conversations Live are suitable for those aged 16 years and over. We're proud to host Climate Conversations Live in partnership with University of Strathclyde, Department of Physics, and hosted by author and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson.

Forget 'Black Friday', today is 'Black Hole Friday!'But what is a black hole? It is an astronomical object of such immen...
24/11/2023

Forget 'Black Friday', today is 'Black Hole Friday!'

But what is a black hole? It is an astronomical object of such immense gravity that nothing, not even light, can escape from it.

Black holes can form in many ways, including from collapsing dead stars. Some black holes can be millions of times the mass of our sun trapped in a point smaller than the tip of a pin. This point where all that mass is trapped is called a singularity.

Imagine a circle with this singularity in the middle. The gravity on the inside of the circle is so strong that nothing can escape. This circle, or boundary, is known as the event horizon.

In 2019, astronomers captured the first image (below) of a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope - a global network of radio telescopes. It appears as a dark circle (the event horizon) surrounded by a bright ring of matter (photon ring). This supermassive black hole is located in the centre of the galaxy Messier 87 (M87), 55 million light-years from Earth.

24/11/2023

Go Beyond the ordinary this Christmas with an extraordinary gift that can be a powerful force for good! By purchasing a gift voucher or Science Passport for Glasgow Science Centre, you'll help us continue our charitable mission to make science accessible to everyone.

Our Science Passports provide unlimited day visits for a whole year, while our gift vouchers can be used for almost anything here at the science centre. Whether soaring through the air at the Newton Flight Academy or exploring the cosmos in The Universe for Beginners, travelling Under the Sea with an IMAX mini-blockbuster or indulging in a tasty treat in our cafe, the choice is yours to make!

Not only are you gifting memorable experiences, you're making a positive impact. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

🎫 https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-on/gift-vouchers?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=gift_vouchers

Stargazers have enjoyed spotting an unexpected floating object in the night sky this week – a tool bag misplaced by NASA...
23/11/2023

Stargazers have enjoyed spotting an unexpected floating object in the night sky this week – a tool bag misplaced by NASA astronauts carrying out repairs on the International Space Station. Astronomers have spotted the bag orbiting Earth approx. 15-30 minutes ahead of the ISS, 255 miles above the planet. The tool bag will progressively descend and burn up in the atmosphere in the coming months.

If you want to catch a glimpse of it, it’s been suggested that the best time to look for it is between 5.30pm and 6.02pm on Friday 24 November. It will come from the west and should resemble a glowing star moving across the sky. However, binoculars or a telescope will be required.

Image: Satoshi Furukawa

This incredible image of Mount Etna erupting was captured on Sunday by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. This image viv...
16/11/2023

This incredible image of Mount Etna erupting was captured on Sunday by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. This image vividly shows flowing lava and clouds of ash billowing from one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Scientists are increasingly using satellite technology to monitor environmental changes and landscapes. You can find out more about this cutting-edge tech by checking out our 'Earth observation satellites' exhibit within our Idea No.59 exhibition.

📷 European Space Agency

Here's this week's science news in short:🔎 In a historic discovery, scientists have filmed a species of long-beaked echi...
15/11/2023

Here's this week's science news in short:

🔎 In a historic discovery, scientists have filmed a species of long-beaked echidna, Zaglossus attenboroughi, proving it isn’t extinct as was feared. The elusive mammal, named after Sir David Attenborough, was captured on film during an Oxford University-led expedition in Indonesia. Until now, the only evidence of this species of echidna was a decades-old museum specimen.

🌠The Leonid meteor shower is poised to peak on 17-18 November between midnight and dawn. The radiant (the point where the meteors seem to stream from) is at the head or ‘sickle’ of the constellation Leo the Lion, hence the name. Averaging 10 meteors per hour, you’ll want to find a safe location away from light pollution for the best chance viewing experience.

📸Expedition Cyclops

Looking for an 'out-of-this-world' Christmas gift? 🎁Christmas isn’t just for the kids - there's plenty on offer, includi...
13/11/2023

Looking for an 'out-of-this-world' Christmas gift? 🎁

Christmas isn’t just for the kids - there's plenty on offer, including unique events and experiences that will make memorable gifts for friends and family!

🚀 Science Passport annual passes
🎫 Gift Vouchers
🥃 Science of Whisky
🪐 Universe for Beginners
✈️ Newton Flight Academy full-motion simulator experiences
🌈 Pink Floyd and Queen Planetarium music experiences

Discover the perfect gift: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-on/christmas?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=christmas

🚀🎅 Experience the magic of the season this December with our jingle-packed lineup of festive events!Kick-starting the yu...
06/11/2023

🚀🎅 Experience the magic of the season this December with our jingle-packed lineup of festive events!

Kick-starting the yuletide fun, we’re offering a festive day-out package which includes a screening of either Elf or The Polar Express 3D, a snack pack to enjoy during the film and full access to the Science Mall for just £15 per person* 🎄

Explore our exciting festive events programme, along with 'out-of-this-world' Christmas gift ideas, such as gift vouchers, annual passes, and one-of-a-kind events and experiences, by visiting our website:

https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-on/christmas?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=christmas

*Only available on selected weekends in December

This week's science news in short:🛰️NASA's Lucy spacecraft has successfully visited its first of 10 target asteroids, pa...
02/11/2023

This week's science news in short:

🛰️NASA's Lucy spacecraft has successfully visited its first of 10 target asteroids, passing within 430 kilometres of the small asteroid Dinkinesh. Launched in October 2021, Lucy's main mission is to explore the Trojan asteroids, which share Jupiter's orbit around the sun. Dinkinesh, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, served as a crucial test point for Lucy's scientific instruments.

🤖 AI is the word of the year according to Collins Dictionary, reflecting its prominence in 2023. This week, world leaders, tech bosses, academics, and Artificial Intelligence researchers gathered in the UK for the first summit on maximising the benefits such as new medicine discoveries and climate solutions, while minimising the risks and threats posed by the technology.

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