Saturday, May 16, 2009 11:23 AM
Hi all, forgive the intrusion into the Skeptics' place on Meetup, but these are some events that I think will be of interest to you. All at the MMSD Planetarium (Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd):
* Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 and 7:45 PM: planetarium shows - Spectacular Saturn
Join us as we explore the beautiful planet Saturn, its incredible rings, and its many moons. Learn how to find Saturn in the sky, and trace the history of exploration from Galileo to the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting around Saturn. This overview of Saturn will provide a perfect introduction for those who want to go deeper in the subject with Dr. Kevin Baines' lecture on Thursday, May 21st (see next event). Tickets: $2. No reservations. Tickets go on sale starting at 6:00 PM.
* Thursday, May 21, 7:30-8:30 PM: Lecture entitled Saturn Revealed
Dr. Kevin Baines, NASA/JPL Cassini Science Team Member, will show us how, with Cassini, and specifically with the Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument - we can now peer into the depths of this haze-enshrouded planet to discover a magnificent array of rather bizarre storm systems, planetary waves, and huge cyclones at both poles. Time permitting, he would also discuss some of the other highlights of the Saturn System as revealed by Cassini. This lecture will be held in the planetarium, and is FREE.
* Thursday, May 21, 8:30-9:30 PM: Observing Session
After the lecture, witness the amazing beauty of seeing Saturn in a telescope! We'll be on the Gammon Road side of Memorial High School, 201 South Gammon Rd. If it's cloudy, we'll cancel this observing session. Last-minute status updates will be posted on our web site, our outgoing voicemail message [masked]), and our Twitter feed (username = mmsdpltm).