The Academy's biggest bash is back!

On April 27, Party After Dark is taking over the Academy inside and out with a live DJ set by Hot Chip, complimentary bites and open bars, photo booths, a psychedelic cocktail lounge, silent disco, the Señor Sisig and Grilled Cheese Bandits food trucks, and so much more.

Dress to impress! For adults 21+.

• Individual Tickets: $100 (if purchased by Monday,...
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Big Bang: Party After Dark

Big imagination + small-scale dioramas = a world of mini exoplanets. Art the Science on the work of sci-artist Adam Makarenko:
Good night from our Living Roof ... ⭐ / Photo by George S.
The most graceful 100 feet you've ever seen is also Earth's largest animal—the rarely spotted, roughly 420,000-lb. blue whale. Read more about photographer Tony Wu's incredible encounter via bioGraphic:
All hail volutus! This newly recognized cloud species just joined 30 others in the World Meteorological Organization's latest International Cloud Atlas: ☁☁☁
WHEEEE—we just hit 1 MILLION! To all the friends who follow, like, comment, & otherwise support our science, we can't thank you enough. So grateful to be part of your day-to-day! ❤
Behold “nature’s arsenal”—we dare you. bioGraphic on some of Earth’s most beautiful, & surprising, venomous creatures:
Looking for fish in all the right places. Inverted nature-gazing, via visitor Emilia H. & our Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel.
Who wins hearts & minds by staring at their own reflection? Australia’s favorite bush stone-curlew, that’s who. From BBC News:
On International Day of Forests, thank a forest—like the Amazon, producer of ~20% of Earth's oxygen—for breathing! Inside with @bioGraphic: (Video by Corey Rich.)
Know a talented wildlife or nature photographer? (Or maybe you are one yourself?) Good news: There's still time to enter our Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition! Winners earn their share of $12,000 in cash prizes, plus a spot in our annual photo exhibition. Details:
Happy World Frog Day! Love, this tiny pumilio frog born & raised here at the Academy. (Video courtesy aquarium direct Bart Shepherd.)
Coldest temps in the Universe? Lethal radiation? Boiling? No big deal for tardigrades—& now scientists think they've identified the protein that makes tiny "water bears" so tough. From WIRED:
Calling all butterfly, bee, bird, & blossom-lovers: Our Spring programming is in full effect! Come meet a range of our inspiring, kid-friendly local partners through April 23—find constantly updated happenings right here: ????
Saturday night space-jellies, via photographer Suzanne Christine Lucas and our Steinhart Aquarium.
Behemoth from below: Curator Luiz Rocha snapped this incredible coral colony—"roughly 4 meters in diameter; the largest one I've ever seen!"—while on a recent expedition to Easter Island.
Are all penguins Irish on St. Patrick's Day? Our aquarium biologists decided to put it to the test—with a special variation on our African penguins' favorite nest-lining material.
Dear Bayview, Dogpatch, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, SoMa, & MORE—check that zip code, 'cause it's your Neighborhood Free Weekend! (Thanks to generous support from Target.) Details:
What happens when a former NASA physicist combines math & materials? A world of origami wonder. From Colossal:
Local humans: You still have 1.5-ish hours to get over here for Noctural NightLife!