Put on some extra-warm mittens and go make snowballs. Carnegie Science Center is offering a unique opportunity to capture a bit of this week’s snowfall now, preserve it for a few months, then bring it in—and celebrate the coming of summer with a special “Name Your Own Price” Day.
All visitors who make a snowball this winter, save it in their freezer, and bring it to the Science Center on Friday, June 20, will be able to choose what they pay for general admission.
Historically, the Science Center has held Snowball Day on the first day of summer. This year, owing to the overwhelming popularity of country singer Luke Bryan, Carnegie Science Center announced that Summer 2014 will begin one day early, on Friday, June 20. The Science Center will be closed on Saturday, June 21, because of Bryan’s concert at Heinz Field.
As always, visitors who bring snowballs to the Science Center will be invited to launch them into the Ohio River (weather permitting).
In past years, hundreds of snowballs survived the winter and spring in freezers throughout the region and made their way to the Science Center—in coolers, freezer bags, frosty coffee cans, and plastic storage containers.
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.