“Night of the Scientists” events organized by the Science, Technology and Space
Ministry will offer much free, educational fun at universities, science museums
and research institutes on Thursday. The eighth annual event will begin at 5
p.m. and continue until the wee hours of Friday morning.
life look like from space? How are black holes produced? Will asteroids threaten
life on Earth? How large are satellites? What are Russian cosmonauts and
American astronauts doing in the same place? These are some of the questions
that will be answered with the participation of the European Union and the
Scientists who otherwise spend their time inside
laboratories will get out and attempt to explain complex concepts and answer
difficult questions in a way that the layman can understand.
is dedicating these events in memory of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon who died 10
years ago along with colleagues from the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration in the Columbia space shuttle.
“This is an opportunity for
residents to be exposed to, understand and learn about science activities that
are moving ahead with giant steps, thanks to Israeli researchers and
developers,” said Yaakov Peri, the minister in charge.
NASA chief Charles
Bolden will appear on video at the events to outline his plans for future
At Haifa’s National Science Museum on the old Technion
campus, visitors may view simulations of the dispatch of missiles and see an
exhibition in memory of Ramon titled Beyond Planet Earth.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will offer views through telescopes, a
laser maze, presentation of lab experiments and lectures.
At Tel Aviv
University visitors can view stars through telescopes, see the planetarium and
stargazing site, listen to lectures on a variety of subjects and tour TAU’s
At the University of Haifa there will be talks on missile
engineering and photography from space; opportunities to help build a model of
the Columbia space shuttle, send off water missiles, play computer games related
to space and participate in scientific workshops.
At the Open
University’s campus in Ra’anana, visits may see photos of the Hubble space
telescope, view a three-dimensional simulation of a starlit sky, build planetary
maps and shuttle models and observe games played by robots.
University’s Jerusalem-Givat Ram campus will offer a variety of lectures on the
search for gold in space, space technologies in 2050 and looking for planets
outside the solar system.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba
will also offer free lectures, including on subjects such as night vision,
creating cars from balloons and fatal comets. There will also be tours of
Other institutions to offer activities are Jerusalem’s Bloomfield
Science Museum, the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, the Upper Galilee Science
Center in Kiryat Shmona, the Sami Shamoon Academic Engineering College campuses
in Beersheba and Ashdod, the Muna Center in Sakhnin, Bar-Ilan University’s Ramat
Gan and Safed campuses and the Limnological Institute in Eilat.
information can be obtained on the ministry’s website at
Websites of the various universities, museums and
research institutes are also providing details of their activities, while the
British Council offers information at www.britishcouncil.org.il/bir ax.