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May 11, 2012: 'IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System'
by Jamie Gonzales |
Friday, May 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220
This fulldome presentation follows the construction, launch and early science results of NASA's Interstellar Boundary EXplorer mission (IBEX). The spacecraft never gets farther than the orbit of the moon, but by collecting fast-moving particles that have traveled 10 billion miles to the heliosheath and back, IBEX is mapping where the sun's influence ends and interstellar space begins. Created at Chicago's Adler Planetarium with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this program is narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and features interviews with the scientists and engineers who have put their creative energies into this fascinating mission.
To view the trailer, buy advance tickets or learn more about the show, visit the planetarium's website.