**Announcing Big News in the World of High Touch High Tech!**
Entrepreneur Magazine’s elite ‘Franchise 500″ has named the HTHT Franchise #1 for Children’s Enrichment Programs & #196 in overall Franchise systems for 2013! From the corners of Western North Carolina to coasts ofSouth Korea, we are blessed with the opportunity to bring innovative, hands-on science programs to more than 4 million children annually.
None of this would be possible without the support of the teachers, parents, students & franchisees that make up our global HTHT Family. Thank you for helping us achieve this honor – we are excited to see all that 2013 has in store!
The last full moon of 2012 will rise into the night sky this week in a year-ending lunar treat.
The full moon is actually an instantaneous event when the moon is exactly opposite the sun in the Earth’s sky, and this month that occurs on Friday morning, Dec. 28, at 5:21 a.m. EST. But, to the naked eye, the moon “looks” full for a couple of days on either side of that time, so the exact date doesn’t matter.
The full moon of December is called the oak moon. Other names are frost moon, winter moon, long night’s moon, and moon before Yule. The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. [Amazing Moon Photos of 2012]
If you snap an amazing photo of the year’s final full moon on Friday – we’d love to see it! You can share your photos or comments with the HTHT Family by simply submitting them to info@ScienceMadeFun.net! Remember to include your name & location in your email!
Read more about the last full moon of 2012 on Space.com
A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth over the next few days, and armchair astronomers can watch the action live on their computers.
The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles wide, will zoom within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach early Wednesday morning, Dec. 12. That’s too far away to pose any impact threat on this pass, but close enough to put on a pretty good show through top-notch telescopes, researchers say.
And some of those scopes will be tracking Toutatis’ movements for the benefit of skywatchers around the world. The online Slooh Space Camera and Virtual Telescope Project, for example, will both stream live, free footage of the asteroid from professional-quality observatories.
Slooh will webcast Toutatis views from a scope in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa beginning at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) Dec. 11. Another show will follow at 10 p.m. EST tonight (0300 GMT Wednesday), with footage from an instrument in Arizona. You can watch them at Slooh’s website: http://www.slooh.com.