Brightest Explosions In Universe At Nature Center

Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will host a planetarium show about gamma-ray bursts on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. She will discuss what gamma-ray bursts can tell us about our universe and how these behemoth explosions occur. Courtesy/NASA Goddard 

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Spend an evening learning about gamma-ray bursts — the brightest explosions in the universe. Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will host this planetarium show at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

At this show, Lloyd-Ronning will discuss the nature of gamma-ray bursts. These amazing events can result from the death of a very massive star or from the merging of two old, dense stars. They are so bright that they can outshine an entire galaxy of 100 billion stars. The audience will learn how these behemoth explosions occur and what they can tell us about our universe.

Lloyd-Ronning is in the computational physics group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is on the physics faculty at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. She has been interested in space since she was 4 years old and wanted to be an astronaut and has been studying gamma-ray bursts since 1997.

Because there are only 50 seats in the planetarium, tickets should be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Los Alamos Nature Center or by calling 505.662.0460. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Planetarium shows are not recommended for kids under age 4.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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