Museums

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Dr. Shawna Hollen of University of New Hampshire talks about her team’s work imaging the world at an atomic level via Zoom webinar on November 5th at 7 pm. It's one challenge to take pictures of the celestial bodies in the universe and quite another to take pictures of atoms, but the change in scale is about the same. Atoms make up everything we touch and see, but understanding -- and seeing -- atoms is something we've only accomplished in the last 30 years. Following the presentation, Dr. Hollen will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will celebrate the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on October 23rd from 1: 30 pm to 4 pm. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) represents the next big step in space telescopes and will allow researchers to see farther and with more detail into the early days of the universe. Visitors will learn about JWST technology, get details on the process of designing and launching a telescope of this size, and have the chance to look through a telescope. Hands on activities and demonstrations will let participants of all ages join in and there will be materials to take home. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s launch party was selected as part of a several-month nation-wide celebration by NASA in advance of the JWST launch at the end of 2021.  Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Tom Mortimer talks about New Hampshire minerals via Zoom webinar on Friday, October 1st at 7 pm. Over three hundred different minerals have been identified in New Hampshire. This talk will introduce the different mineral environments within our state and provide some guidelines for amateur prospecting and collecting minerals. Following the presentation, Tom will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as NASA Solar System Ambassador and Educator Fellow Sally Jensen talks about the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope missions on Friday, September 3rd at 7 pm. For the past 30 years the Hubble Space Telescope has given us an incredible view of the universe to study and explore. Sally will guide viewers from the origins of placing a telescope in orbit around the Earth, through the technical issues over the years, and the amazing findings that this scope has given us. Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Telescope, which will soon be launched, will carry on this study of our universe. Read more →


Summer begins on Thursday, July 1 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. seven days a week through September 5, with reservations for general admission and planetarium shows available through the Center’s website or by phone. The Discovery Center’s summer exhibits include lunar exhibits, weather exhibits from the Mount Washington Observatory complemented by the Discovery Center’s upgraded DIY weather reporting station, aviation simulators, and a special NH Space Grant featured project: exhibits created by high school students from the Applied Technology Center in Milford, NH and Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH on how living and working in space affects the human body.  Read more →


In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center welcomed Bart Fromuth, esq., Chief Operating Officer of Freedom Energy Logistics, onto the museum’s board. Fromuth joins Board Chair R. Bruce Andrews, Vice-Chair Walter P. Havenstein, Col., USMC, ret., Treasurer Laura Provost, Secretary David Cuzzi, and Directors Beverly Bruce, Paul Burkett, esq., Michael Cusack, Dr. Steven Davis, J. Stephan Lundquist, Dr. James MacKay, Brian Parsons and Christopher Wolfe in steering New Hampshire’s own air and space museum toward a sustainable future, with adequate resources to advance its mission. Read more →


Concord, NH -The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as senior educator Dave McDonald talks about Pluto and New Horizons via Zoom webinar on Friday, July 2nd at 7 pm. The most favorable time to see Pluto in the sky is this July, so Dave will guide attendees on a quest to find the dim planet. He will also discuss recent discoveries about Pluto and what it means to be a planet. Later he will provide an update on New Horizons’ recent accomplishments as it speeds toward the edge of the solar system. Following the presentation, Dave will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →


Concord- The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as taxonomist Dr. Catherine Craig talks about her work via Zoom webinar on Friday, June 4th at 7 pm. At a time when species’ discoveries and extinctions are both news items, understanding what makes a species and how we describe them can illuminate what those trends mean for the future. Dr. Craig, whose recent research focused on hermit crab species within the genus Paguristes, will share her perspective on why taxonomy is important and how it can help us better understand the world around us. Read more →


April 5ththrough 12ththe McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will celebrate the magic of the night sky through virtual events and activities aimed at promoting awareness of light pollution and ways to improve your view of the stars. International Dark Sky Week is organized by the International Dark-Sky Association as part of their work to protect dark skies for all to enjoy. Throughout the week, blog posts and videos will provide information on light pollution and how it impacts ecosystems, human health, and, of course, viewing of the sky, and daily challenges will encourage everyone to think about what they can do to limit light pollution. Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as the Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies’ VEX Robotics Team talks about their work via Zoom webinar on Friday, April 2ndat 7 pm. Team members will talk about their robot, the design and refine process, and competition. Following the presentation, team members will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →