Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’



Fall into Hibernation With Fun Science!

Beautiful leaves, fruitful harvests, and cooler weather are all things we think of when we picture fall.  It is a transitional time from the sweltering summer months to the frigid winter months.  For many creatures, fall is also a transitional time when they prep for hibernation. What exactly is hibernation? Bears snoozing in a den […]

Think About It Thursday: Why Do Leaves Fall Off Trees?

When winter approaches, our part of Earth receives less sunlight, and the air grows colder, this season is commonly known as “Fall”.   When these changes happen, trees prepare for winter. People believe that leaves die on the tree and the wind blows them off the tree. According to Peter Raven, president of the Missouri […]

#FirstDayofFall

September 23, 2015 marks the first day of Autumn for this year! What is Autumn exactly? Yes, it’s the season that falls between Summer and Winter but there is more science involved than that. Autumn or Fall is brought by the September Equinox.  Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis […]

Think About It Thursday: Why Do We “Spring Ahead” and “Fall Back”?

  As you may already know the end of Daylight Savings Time is up-coming this Sunday, November 1 2014. But what does the ending of DST really mean? Well you may have heard the expression “Spring ahead — Fall back” over the course of your lifetime. In the Spring, Daylight Savings Time starts, when we […]

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

  Wishing everyone a happy Autumnal Equinox or first official day of Fall today! In celebration today’s post will be about the science behind building one of our favorite Fall pastimes, the corn maze. There is way more than you can imagine that goes into creating a corn maze. First, the farmer needs to decide […]

Think About It Thursday: Why Do Leaves Change Colors?

Leaf color comes from pigments. Pigments are natural substances produced by leaf cells. The three pigments that color leaves are: chlorophyll (which produces the green color) carotenoid(produces yellow, orange, and brown colors) anthocyanin (produces a red color) Chlorophyll is the most important of the three. Leaves contain chlorophyll in order to use the sunlight to […]

The September Equinox of the Northern Hemisphere Approches

  As the September Equinox approaches it is important to understand how the equinoxes were discovered and how to prepare for the astronomical event. Our human ancestors spent much more time outdoors than humans now a days. They learned to track the patterns of the sun and eventually used it to tell time and the […]