New Meetup: Ultimate Fate of the Solar System

From: Elise
Sent on: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:46 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Physics and Astronomy Society!

What: Ultimate Fate of the Solar System

When: Wednesday, October 20,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)


Ultimate Fate of the Solar System

Super short notice, so I'm not going to post this as an official event. I didn't even know about this 'till just now. I don't know if I'd be able to make it to this one. But this looks really interesting!

It's for tomorrow evening (October 20th, 2010 @ 7pm) at Foothill College.

http://www.foothill.fhda.edu/ast/news.htm#Anchor1

The Ultimate Fate of the Solar System
(and the Music of the Spheres)
Astronomer Gregory Laughlin, University of California, Santa Cruz
A Presentation of the Silicon Valley Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
7:00 pm
Smithwick Theater
Foothill College

On Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 2010, at 7 pm, Astronomer Gregory Laughlin from the University of California, Santa Cruz, will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on: "The Ultimate Fate of the Solar System (and the Music of the Spheres)" as part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, in Los Altos Hills, California.

The long-term fate of the planets in our Solar System has intrigued astronomers and mathematicians for over 300 years. Although the planetary orbits are often held up as a model of clockwork regularity, the Solar System is in truth an extremely complex and chaotic system. Dr. Laughlin will explain how very recent advances in computing technology have finally given us a solution to the problem. He will also show how the delicate gravitational interplay between the planets can be interpreted as a true "music of the spheres", and will audition for us the profoundly unsettling compositions that can result in the event that the planetary orbits go haywire in the extremely distant future.

Greg Laughlin is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California at Santa Cruz. From[masked] he worked as a planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center. He is a leader in the field of detecting planets around other stars and is also an expert on the long-term fate of the Earth, the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the Universe. He is co-author of the popular book "The Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity".

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
No background in science will be required for this talk. Seating is first come, first served.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are now available in MP3 format at:
http://www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/index.html

This event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $2 and you should leave some time to get a parking sticker.

Call the series hotline at[masked] for more information and driving directions.

RSVP to this Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/physicists/calendar/15168343/

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