There’s a whole universe of science out there – just waiting to be discovered! At Lafayette Science Museum, we want to help you navigate through it all, so we’re creating a road map. Each week, we will post some of our favorite science content, including books, podcasts, movies, YouTube channels, documentaries, etc. to help propel your journey of discovery! All of our picks will be archived here on our webpage called LSM Recommends. Enjoy!

January 16 • StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson • PODCAST 

WHAT IT'S ABOUT  StarTalk Radio is a podcast devoted to astronomy, physics and everything else about life in the universe, hosted by renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium of at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Each week Tyson, joined by comedian co-hosts, celebrities, and other special guests, explores captivating subjects such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the role science plays in people's lives, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universe. 

WHY WE LOVE IT  StarTalk Radio is a fascinating intersection between science, pop culture and comedy brought to you with clarity, humor and passion. With eight previous seasons in addition to new episodes covering everything under the sun; or rather under the universe, choose from a plethora of content and learn something new about space and science. New episodes premiere every Friday at 7 pm ET.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM  Find a quarterly schedule of special planetarium events curated by LSM's own planetarium director, Dave Hostetter, on our website HERE. Events include telescope classes, solar, star and planetary viewings, and other special presentations.



January 9 • Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System • APP 

WHAT IT'S ABOUT  Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System invites players to sign up for a fact-filled mission to learn all about our solar system. The app is beautifully crafted – jam-packed with animations, music, and play – and it's educational. 

WHY WE LOVE IT  This app makes the most of gaming screen time by truly making learning fun. Kids will love the vibrant animations, music, and humor – and parents will love that it helps to cultivate a love of science and exploration.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM  With astronomy programs in our fully digital planetarium (listing HERE), a solar system touch panel, Hubble telescope imagery and the Discovering Space Virtual Reality experience, LSM offers something for every stargazer in your family. Our exhibits and programs can rocket any Space Ace astronomy buff to the next level.



January 2 • National Geographic First Big Book of Dinosaurs • BOOK 

WHAT IT'S ABOUT  This book is geared toward 4- to 8-year-olds who love dinosaurs! Dinos big and small bring this prehistoric world to life, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta. 

WHY WE LOVE IT  This book is filled with fun facts and age appropriate information. Each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type – perfect for little ones! Kids will love the interactive approach and parents will appreciate tips to help take their experience beyond the page.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM  In our lobby and on the second floor, visitors to LSM can examine dinosaur fossil casts from the late Jurassic Period including Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, and Stegosaurus. Take a moment to sit back, relax, and learn more about The Age of Dinosaurs in our Dino Lounge upstairs!