July 2011

Monthly Archive: July 2011

Look Up! Annual August Meteor Showers Begin

Posted: July 29, 2011 - 09:26 , by Ian Nicklin

First Glimpse of 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower. (NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office)

A look to the skies tonight will be a larger treat than in past years as the Perseid meteor showers begin their yearly August show in the night skies. Unfortunately this year the peak of the show will be on August 12, when a full moon is scheduled, so viewing will be hampered.

Summerasaurus Part II: A Day in the Quarry

Posted: July 27, 2011 - 11:00 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the badlands of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs. Join us over the course of the next month as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…Artifacts galore!

Posted: July 26, 2011 - 11:14 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

Daniel and his team standing in front of a desert landscape in Jordan.

My students and I at the top of Machaerus, the location of execution of John the Baptist.

I found what looks like a tiny “caterpillar” in my home. What is it?

Posted: July 25, 2011 - 09:40 , by Antonia Guidotti
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This is my second posting that takes a closer look at some of the critters that share our spaces. Here I examine one of our most common household guests, the carpet beetle. The larvae look like tiny, furry, ‘caterpillars’.

Larva of a carpet beetle, family Dermestidae, also known as skin or hide beetles. Drawing: copyright ROM.

From the Field: Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project 2011 – Prospecting for new dinos!

Posted: July 22, 2011 - 09:43 , by David Evans

July 10-12: More Surprises from the South Side

Changing of the guard – Schad Gallery welcomes North America’s largest land animal

Posted: July 21, 2011 - 09:32 , by Dave Ireland

Moving the bison

Moving the North American Plains Bison (Bison bison bison) from into the gallery.

Three Questions with Cyrus Sundar Singh

Posted: July 20, 2011 - 13:35 , by Laura Comerford

Rajan painting shutter-Blue God Krishna. © 2005 Salaam Shalom Productions Inc.

Three Questions for Prashant Kadam

Posted: July 19, 2011 - 14:48 , by Laura Comerford

For a long time, bioscopes have been a part of India’s bustling landscape, an aspect of childhood that came and went as bioscopewallahs travelled through the country. Bioscopes are an early movie projector taking the form of a wooden box, the interior of which has pictures that can be viewed through four circular holes. Bioscopewallahs are the people who would make their living by them, setting up temporarily and offering them as entertainment to children.

Summerasaurus Part I: Digging for Dinos

Posted: July 19, 2011 - 09:45 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the far end of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs! Join us over the course of the next month as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

Dawn Probe to Rendezvous with Asteroid Vesta!

Posted: July 15, 2011 - 11:29 , by admin

By Brendt Hyde, Mineralogy Technician

Our solar system is a very busy place! Aside from the 9 (no, make that 8!) major planets and their moons, there are 5 dwarf planets, 3 massive asteroid belts containing tens of thousands of smaller irregular bodies, and an untold number of comets.