The Talcott Mountain Science Center (TMSC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Donald and Nancy La Salle Scholarship Fund in recognition of TMSC Founder Dr. Donald P. La Salle and his wife, Nancy. This scholarship encompasses the previously established Nancy La Salle Scholarship for... Read more

Last month we saw the Leonids, and this month we’ll get to see the Geminids! Keep an eye on the sky the night of December 13th to see this beautiful meteor shower take place!


The Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best of the year,... Read more

Keep an eye on the sky this month to witness the annual natural phenomenon, the Leonids Meteor Shower. For centuries, earthlings have had the privilege to watch this magnificent light show, and we’re so excited for another year of viewing!  


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Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy honors the life of Carolyn Shoemaker, a renowned astronomer we had the pleasure of hosting in 1989 at our SCISTAR program, “A Window on the World of Science.” At the time, Shoemaker had discovered more comets than any other astronomer and was... Read more

Although the past year has been challenging for everyone, we are truly grateful to the generosity of our donors, which has allowed us to offer two new scholarship opportunities for Talcott families in need of tuition assistance.


In addition to the... Read more

April 2021 moon phases

At the beginning of April, the Sun is in the constellation of Pisces, the Fish. By the end of the month, it appears in the constellation of Aries, the Ram. During the course of the month, the Sun appears 10 degrees higher in the sky, warming the northern hemisphere of our delicate world... Read more

March heralds the RETURN OF SPRING--which many consider the MOST IMPORTANT event of the month! We celebrate the Vernal Equinox on March 20, 05:37 am EDT. That's when the Earth is at its point in orbit where both hemispheres (north and south) of our precious planet receive equal amounts of... Read more

It’s the coldest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, and time to think a bit about how that happens and what it means to us. Of course, it mostly means it’s going to be cold! But it also means things for our biology and for the way the earth turns. Literally.  

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How Insects Survive the Winter


With cold winter weather surrounding us, daydreams often shift to the spring to come – bees buzzing, butterflies fluttering, fireflies flickering, and crickets chirping. Even nibbling mosquitos might be excused, a small price... Read more