Come join us for our monthly Astronomy talk!
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7:30pm to 8pm: Social time, come and mingle. We will have snacks and beverages.
Talk begins at 8pm.
Topic: Exploring Pluto, Charon and the outer reaches of the solar system
Speaker: Dr. Francis Nimmo
In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past icy Pluto and Charon and
sent back the first images of these objects in the furthest outskirts of our solar system. I will review what we now know about Pluto and Charon, and how the study of these bodies has evolved. I'll also discuss the images received over the New Year from the much smaller icy object Ultima Thule.
Prof Nimmo received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1996 and has been at UCSC since 2005. He has been involved in a variety of spacecraft missions, to bodies including the Moon, Saturn and its satellites, Pluto and Mars.