Did you save a snowball? If so, bring it into the Science Center on the Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 21 and name your own admission price.
In addition to naming your own price, every person who brings a snowball to the Science Center on that day will be able to launch his or her snowball into the Ohio River (weather permitting).
The Science Center invites visitors of all ages to start stockpiling snowballs now and remember these snowy facts:
• Snow forms from tiny crystals in clouds. Snow is not frozen rain; that's called sleet.
• Most snowflakes melt before reaching the ground.
• No two snowflakes are identical.
• Each snowflake is made up of two to 200 separate crystals, on average.
• Although it appears white, snow actually is transparent. Snow crystals act as prisms and break up the Sun's light into the entire color spectrum. The human eye can't handle that kind of sensory overload, so it is processed as white. If a region's soil contains more iron, giving it a reddish tinge, snow may appear pink—wind will blow dirt and dust into the atmosphere and clouds, where the snow crystals form initially.