Noble Planetarium Foyer
There’s plenty to see even before you enter the Noble Planetarium’s digital dome. Outside in the queuing area is a collection of some of the Museum’s most significant astronomical possessions, including:
The Spitz A-1 Starball, the original planetarium projector starball used by Miss Charlie Mary Noble in a canvas tent in the backyard of the original Fort Worth Children’s Museum in the early 1950s.
FOSSIL AND LIVING BIVALVES
TEXAS BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS
Butterflies and moths are some of the most recognizable and beautiful insects. Together, both groups are known as the Lepidoptera (pronounced Leh-pih-DOP-ter-ra), meaning “scale wing” due to the minute scales that cover their wings.
Most people are familiar with the typically plain white or brown eggs of the domestic chicken, Gallus gallus domesticus. However, with over 10,000 species of birds in the world, the size, coloration, and shape of their eggs varies almost as dramatically as the birds themselves. This showcase explores the coloration and patterns of eggs.
Imagine beautiful colors whirling and dancing before you as Kachina spirits come to your village! Kachinas represent the various spirits of the Hopi belief, who visit Acoma during specific times of the year according to their religious calendar. Astronomical events of the solstices and equinoxes determine the particular ceremonies and which Kachina spirits arrive in the village.