Archives: November 2013

Do black holes come in size medium?

Black holes can be petite, with masses only about 10 times that of our sun — or monstrous, boasting the equivalent in mass up to 10 billion suns. Do black holes also come in size medium? NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is busy scrutinizing a class of black holes that may fall into the proposed medium-sized category.
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Michigan Historical Center Announces ‘Second Saturday’ Winter Lineup

The popular Second Saturday programs at the Michigan Historical Center return in December with a series of winter experiences designed for children and families to learn more about Michigan’s history and natural resources. The programs are offered at the center (located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing) and are included with the cost of admission.

“We have some great programs that tie into our new special exhibit on historical weather events in Michigan lined up for the winter,” said Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark. “I encourage families who live in or who are visiting the Lansing region to stop by and participate in these fun, educational experiences.”

Second Saturday programs provide hands-on arts and crafts experiences for children, related to telling the stories of Michigan. All Second Saturday programs take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center. Families can drop in anytime during that period to participate. The Second Saturday winter lineup includes:

Walked This Way (Dec. 14): Investigate what sorts of creatures have left their marks on Michigan’s earth and snow. Examine the prehistoric remains of animals, and learn how to identify modern paw prints.

Snow Science (Jan. 11): Experiment with winter weather. Learn how to measure snowfall, create your own thermometer, and discover other snow-centered activities.

Snow Games (Feb. 8): Bring the fun back into winter – try out historic and modern snow activities, learn how to make snowshoes, and discover ways to enjoy the snow.

The museum and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M.L. King Jr. Boulevard. Weekend parking is free.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to