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McAuliffe-Shepard Center Finds New Partner

Published Tuesday Jan 5, 2021

McAuliffe-Shepard Center Finds New Partner

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Mount Washington Observatory are combining forces to increase access to meteorological and atmospheric sciences for New Hampshire families and visitors to our state.

With the closing of the Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, the exhibits enjoyed by thousands of learners young and old will move in January 2021 to their new home at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

While a few exhibits will move to the Observatory’s museum on top of the mountain, 80% of the exhibits will be relocated to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center – including the “Shaky Shack”, the replica of the 1930s-era Observatory staff’s mountain-top cabin in which the highest human-observed surface wind speed on Earth was recorded in 1934.

In order to incorporate these exhibits into the Center, and to complete a major upgrade of its planetarium system, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will close from January 1-February 12, 2021.

The new partnership will include constantly updating views in the Discovery Center of the weather atop Mount Washington, as well as joint programming building on the two organization’s December 2020 virtual talks, in which the Mount Washington Observatory’s Director of Science and Education, Brian Fitzgerald, gave a talk on the science of Nor’easters, followed by a talk by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s Director of Education Mirka Zapletal on space weather.

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