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Fireworks on Display
Fireworks on Display
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Join Ron Hipschman on Thursday, June 26th to take a look at Fireworks. It begins at 8:00 PM in the Kanbar Forum on Pier 15. This is a limited seating venue, so admission is on a first come first served basis. Tickets are $15.00 for Non-Members, $10.00 for Members, and free for Lab-Members. Please note this event is for Adults Only (18 years and older, please).

For those of you who are familiar with other Full Spectrum Science exhibitions at the Exploratorium, you know that Ron Hipschman takes you through the minutest detail of the science behind whatever program he highlights. If you've ever oooood and ahhhhhd at fireworks displays, whether it was for KFOG's Fan Appreciation Day, 4th of July, or a celebration of a World Series or Super Bowl win, but became curious about how the displays were achieved, this is the event to attend.

Ron Hipschman will show you not only what causes the fireworks beautiful colors and how the bursting shells achieve the different displays and patterns, he will also tell you who invented them, and why, and where they come from. Is it possible for Fireworks to be ignited without the huge ear-splitting explosions? Ron can answer that, too. Some people enjoy the loud booms that go along with the displays, it's part of the experience. Some people, and most animals, unless they are trained hunting dogs that are used to the noise of gunshots, or are deaf, do not.

So, next Independence Day, coming up in just a couple of weeks, you'll be able to impress your sweetheart, your wife, and/ or your kids by telling them "Ah, that display was probably a 'jerb' (a what?), and that display was probably a 'lance'!

Come join Ron Hipschman for his Full Spectrum Science explanations of Fireworks at the Exploratorium!