Miller-Urey lab equipment in Prehistoric Journey
Binocular and petrographic microscopes
Petrographic microscope in Gem & Mineral Hall
Magnifier in Gem & Mineral Hall
Gold scale in Gem & Mineral Hall
The Scientific Instruments Collection at DMNS is composed of
instruments that have been used by Museum staff members, have been
part of crucial experiments involving key scientists in their
pursuit of knowledge, or are excellent type-examples of particular
The collection is maintained not only for archival and research
purposes, but more importantly, to educate and increase public
recognition of the fundamental role that such instruments have
played not only in the advancement of the current state of
technology, but also in our knowledge of the natural
sciences. As the DMNS Scientific Collection has been
developed, the emphasis has been preservation of instruments that
are of particular importance to the history of science and
artifacts of historical significance to the Museum. The
Collection is not intended for research use per se,
although many of the items included have played important roles in
past research programs.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 2007.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 2005.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 2003.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 2001.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 1999.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 1997.
Hubble image of Mars near opposition in 1995.
The Space Sciences Department maintains a large collection of
digital images and multimedia assets for use in exhibitions,
education, research, public programs, and Space Odyssey. The Space
Sciences Department is the keeper of such valued commodities as
space images, movies, and animations that are stored in digital
form. The collection is comprised of a wide range of astronomy
topics that provide background knowledge on Earth, our solar
system, cosmology, and many more topics related to astronomy and
space science. Digital resources that have significant and
long-lasting value are cataloged and stored in the digital
collections database, along with the necessary copyright
permissions. Assets from our collection grace exhibit components,
where they offer visual interpretations and the basis for ongoing
dialogue with our visitors.
All Sky camera
All Sky camera on the roof of DMNS
Colorado network of All Sky cameras
All Sky data
Eyewitness report maps
DMNS meteorite posse
Famous Peekskill fireball of October 1992
In 2001, a citizen science effort included a system
of allsky cameras, many mounted on the rooftops of schools around
the state and one atop the Museum, their purpose is to record the
appearance of bright fireballs in the night sky so that the
trajectories of the meteorites might be determined and the objects
perhaps found. In addition to helping locate fresh meteorite
falls, an allsky camera can provide valuable information about the
kind of meteors you can see on any clear night, and about annual
Through our association with Cloudbait Observatory, we
actively investigate bright fireballs, both in the interest of
determining the original orbit and also of recovering any possible
meteorites that might be produced. If you live in
Colorado or the surrounding states, and have recently seen a very
bright meteor, please report it here.
An extensive network of allsky cameras are in place to
record and supplement witness reports. If you witnessed a meteor
and are curious if it was recorded, try the real-time meteor log which lists all events
captured by the Cloudbait camera as they occur. These events are
normally processed into the main
database each morning.
A general overview of fireballs can be found here.
Collections Manager, Marta Lindsay
Content Manager, Dimitri Klebe
Newsroom Manager, Kim Evans
Volunteers, Fred Spafford and Mike Snodgrass
Scientists in Action remote broadcast
From the beginning, everyone who has ever had a vision for the project that became Space Odyssey agreed on one thing: that the information provided to the public be up-to-date and accurate. This is involved and difficult to do, as the Museum discovered in earlier exhibitions. But space sciences found the way during the planning stages of Space Odyssey: the Space Sciences Newsroom.
The Newsroom is a physical location, a place inside the Museum with the necessary equipment and resources, where staff and volunteers research, prepare and deliver up-to-date astronomy and space science content to the floor of Space Odyssey.
The Newsroom team includes Collections Manager, Marta Lindsay, Content Specialist, Dr. Dimitri Klebe and Newsroom Manager, Kim Evans; in addition, the two Space Sciences curators (Steve Lee and Ka Chun Yu) act in advisory, content review, and volunteer/staff training capacities as needed. They work together with the Newsroom volunteers to deliver topical and exhibit resources, ranging from spaceflight missions and science news, to astrobiology and supernova, to the importance of infrared light in the study of astronomy. This content is made available to Galaxy Guides via the Galaxy Guide Web Portal or as high resolution images and movies for the exhibit screens and interactives. Context, usage, and focus can change over time by virtue of changing gallery programming, targeted facilitation, and the flexibility of digital media. The challenge for the Newsroom team is to provide the volunteer Galaxy Guides with the resources they need to provide spontaneous and engaging conversations with Museum visitors on a daily basis.
Newsroom staff and volunteers are instrumental in supporting curator lectures and assisting with special events such as mission launches and landings, star parties and remote broadcasts, providing digital media and technical support/expertise. Newsroom staff and volunteers also respond to letters and phone calls from museum visitors, the public and local news media interested in space science topics.
VENUS WINDS PROJECTVenus is a planet with a hot and dense atmosphere composed primarily of carbon dioxide. Although the wind velocity at the surface is nearly zero, at an altitude of 50-70 km, the velocity may be as high as 100 m/sec (about 200 miles/hour).The current goal of the Venus Wind Project is to determine the wind velocity (speed and direction) of clouds. Citizen scientists measure persistent cloud features from infrared images recorded at the high-altitude NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii.Meetings 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month 6 - 8 p.m.
For more information about the Venus Winds Project contact Mark A. Bullock [firstname.lastname@example.org] To inquire about joining the Venus Winds Project contact Arthur Tarr [email@example.com]
Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.January 2016 - Dimitri Klebe kicks things off this month with a look at the possible discovery of a ninth planet. He talks about how researchers discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations.
Dimitri's next story comes from research presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that poses the question "Could Globular Clusters Nurture Interstellar Civilizations?"
Dimitri's final story focuses on a study using archival data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes to find objects with similar properties to Eta Carinae in other galaxies.
Steve Lee brings us up to date on the latest happenings on Mars. Opportunity rover is keeping busy through the depth of Martian winter and Curiosity takes a sandy selfie.
Next up, Steve talks about three Expedition 44 crewmembers' return to Earth after a 141-day stay in orbit.
Steve's next story looks at NASA's commercial crew program, SpaceX's recent launches, and Blue Origin's reusable booster launch and landing.
Steve's final story for this month covers the 30th Anniversary of the Challenger shuttle disaster and NASA's Day of Remembrance.
Dimitri Klebe and the 9th Planet Runtime: 15:35
Dimitri Klebe - Could Globular Clusters Nurture Interstellar Civilizations Runtime: 7:06
Dimitri Klebe - Finding "Twins" of Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies Runtime: 5:15
Steve Lee - Mars Rover Updates Runtime: 18:39
Steve Lee - ISS crew members return to Earth Runtime: 5:48
Steve Lee - Commercial Space Program update Runtime: 13:08
Steve Lee - NASA's Day of Remembrance Runtime: 2:11
Links to Dimitri's stories:
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet
Globular Clusters Could Nurture Interstellar Civilizations
NASA's Spitzer, Hubble Find "Twins" of Superstar Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies
Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star
Links to Steve's stories:
Mars Rover Opportunity Busy Through Depth of Winter
Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover
Soyuz lands in Kazakhstan, bringing three station crewmen back to Earth
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser selected for NASA cargo contract
Falcon 9 booster stage successfully lands in FL
Falcon 9 booster stage "almost lands" on barge in Pacific Ocean
Blue Origin's New Shepard launches/lands for a second time
Families, NASA honor fallen astronauts
To view previous 60 Minutes in Space visit the Space Sciences Newsroom page on Vimeo.
The Space News Update is put together by volunteers and staff in the Space Sciences Newsroom. Twice a week, they review numerous space news websites to bring you the latest stories and information. Find out what to watch for in the night sky, the best time to see the International Space Station pass overhead, the Space Image of the Week, and more!
February Sky Calendar (pdf) Highlights this month's sky phenomena and celestial happenings with local dates and times (Mountain time zone). Free sky maps are available at www.skymaps.com.Skymaps.com produces a nice sky chart to help in locating observable celestial objects. Maps for the month ahead are available only at the end of the current month.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot (NASA)
Optical image of Arcturus (DSS2 / MAST / STScI / NASA)
Space Sciences Newsroom Manager & DSS Office
Space Sciences Content Specialist
Space Sciences Collections Manager
Denver Astronomical Society (DAS)
International Astronomical Union
Space Science ProgramsAdult ProgramsFamily Programs
Browse the Image Archives Images from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, documenting the museum, its history, and collections.
Denver Astronomical SocietyPublic Nights Tuesday and Thursday atDU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory Current start time is 7:30 p.m.Costs to the public are:$4.00 adults, $3.00 childrenOnline reservations