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Science Of Snow On Display At Flushing Meadows Museum

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The science behind snow is the subject of the New York Hall of Science's Crystal Winter exhibit now on display in Flushing Meadows Park.

Among the interactive exhibits is a ice formation simulator, where visitors can create different crystal patterns, and a giant snow globe that New Yorkers can walk inside.

"We talk about the science behind crystals and snowflakes, which has a lot to do with molecules and patterns and things like that,” said NY Hall of Science President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret Honey. “So in the crystal demo we actually make crystals using ice and sodium acetates. So that's pretty fun."

The Hall of Science has partnered with Time Warner Cable's "Connect a Million Minds" science and technology initiative to put on the display.

The exhibit continues through January 3rd.

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Special Features

Giant Snow Globe

Step inside the Giant Winter Snow Globe, a fanciful winter landscape of crystals and ice. Have your picture taken with the whole family and take home a special souvenir of your visit. Weekend event.
Extra fee required.

Pricing (Members 10-percent off any package):
$8: four wallet-sized
$10: one 5” x 7” with sleeve
$15: four wallet-sized and one snow globe picture frame
$20: four wallet-sized, one 5” x 7,” one snow globe picture frame
$9.99: snow globe only

Icy Bodies
Marvel at this artistic representation of comets in space. Every few minutes, a handful of dry ice chips drops into a shallow pool of dark blue water. The dry ice’s evaporation propels the shards across the water leaving swirling trails of vapor.
Free with general admission.

Ice Formation
Create different crystal patterns at this fun new exhibit. Place your hand over the ice to melt it, and then remove your hand to refreeze it and create a new pattern. Use polarizing films to change the colors of the crystal patterns.
Free with general admission.

Glacier Run Ride at Exploration Station
Ride through the glaciers in this motion simulator ride. This nonstop action ride will take you to the freezing landscapes of the Arctic during the Northern Lights.
$6, $5 members.

In Snowman, artist Matt Parker lets you see yourself as a snowman. A small camera captures your image and sends it to a computer where it is converted an image projected on a screen. In the background are changing photographs of real six-sided snow crystals.
Free with general admission.

When water gets cold enough, ice usually forms on a small solid particle, like a speck of dust. In this touch screen exhibit, your hand is the solid particle on which water molecules form into ice. Hold your hand on the screen to watch the crystal form around it.
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