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Seasonal Science Workshops and a Closest Perigee-Synergy (Supermoon)

This article appeared in the November 11, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Seasonal Science Workshops and a Closest Perigee-Synergy (Supermoon)

Photography by Lars Anderson

By Vinita Domier and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Winter Workshops are back at Explorit for another stunning season of science! Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join us for an array of seasonal science experiences during the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.


For Thanksgiving week, we have “Turkey Time” on Monday, November 21, “Fun Fall Foods!” on Tuesday, November 22 and “Super Life Codes!” on Wednesday, November 23.


On Tuesday, December 27 we’ll snuggle up in “Staying Warm and Cozy”, then chill out on Wednesday, December 28 with “Frozen Follies”. Thursday, December 29 brings “Warming Winters”. And don’t miss “New Year’s Food” on Friday, December 30, a celebration of the amazing variety of foods of the world that will welcome 2017!


Then start the year off right with “Backyard in Winter” on Tuesday, January 3. Have a flipping good time on Wednesday, January 4 with “Bottle Tossing!” Check out “Wacky and Wild Winter” on Thursday, January 5 and don’t miss “Cool Sports!” on Friday, January 6.


Visit for all the details and to register.


And be sure to join us for a very special Happy “Noon” Year on Saturday, December 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Don’t let bed time get you down! Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve twelve hours early!


We’ll have a science party at Explorit and count down to the stroke of noon! The cost is $10 per child, free for parents with paid child admission.


On November 14 at 3:52 a.m., just two hours before it is in full phase, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth resulting in a supermoon. This phenomenon occurs when a new or full moon coincides with its shortest distance from Earth, resulting in the full moon appearing up to fourteen percent bigger and hence thirty times brighter since it is up to 26,000 miles closer.


The November 14 supermoon is a very special one because the last time the full-phase supermoon was as close was on January 26, 1948 and the next closest supermoon will not occur until November 25, 2034. Please join the Davis Astronomy Club on Saturday, November 12 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Explorit Science Center when we will discuss the November 14 supermoon in particular and our moon in general. Everyone is invited to the free meeting indoors, followed by a star party outdoors (weather permitting).



Explorit’s coming events:

  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!

  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!

  • You say it’s their birthday? Celebrate your child’s birthday at Explorit!  Choose a special fun science-themed program or DIY party plus our Exploration Gallery.  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at
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