Beyond Pluto: The Search For The Edge Of The Solar System Focus Of LANL’s Frontiers In Science Lectures

An image of the IBEX spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and physicist Herb Funsten will explore the edge of the solar system and anticipate its future as it moves through our galactic neighborhood in a series of three Frontiers in Science lectures.

The first lecure is Aug. 5 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Titled “Beyond Pluto: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” the talks focus on the heliosphere — the region of space under the Sun’s influence — that extends far beyond Pluto and forms a protective cocoon that shields us from cosmic radiation.

“In this talk, we will travel to the edge of the solar system, peer into the structure and dynamics of the outer heliosphere as it interacts with the interstellar medium, and anticipate the future of the solar system as it moves through our galactic neighborhood,” said Funsten, of LANL’s Intelligence and Space Research Division.

Funsten will reprise the talk:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., in Albuquerque; and
  • Friday, Aug. 14 in the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe.

All Frontiers in Science talks begin at 7 p.m. and are sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the Laboratory.

All talks in the Frontiers in Science lecture series are free of charge. For more information, call 505.665.9196 or email Linda Anderman at