Oct. 18, 2015: UAA Planetarium Manager Omega Smith talks Pluto at Anchorage Science Pub
by Michelle Saport |
Sunday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. Tap Root (3300 Spenard Rd.)
UAA Planetarium Manager Omega Smith will present "We Prefer 'Little Planet': Pluto and the New Discoveries of an Old System" at this Sunday's Anchorage Science Pub meeting.
A cold, icy rock floating in space somewhere between planet and comet, Pluto has now come into the light. Before July, this dwarf planet had been a blurry dot on our Earth-based detectors. After a nine-year journey, the New Horizons Spacecraft has finally made it to the Pluto system and sent back some amazing discoveries. Omega will talk about our new view of Pluto and what it can tell us about how our solar system formed.
The Anchorage Science Pub (ASP) offers regular meetings, open to the public, at which presenters give short, informal talks about scientific topics, followed by a question-and-answer session. The ASP was created to educate the public on subjects that they might not normally hear about.