Paul Arendt presents a talk Friday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
The community is invited to join Paul Arendt to discover ancient ideas and myths that early cultures created to explain the patterns and behaviors of the sky. This planetarium show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
Arendt also will examine how Babylonian and Greek astronomers determined specific properties of the Earth, Moon and Solar System. He will explain astronomical theories that originated in the Western World up to the time of Newton.
Arendt has a Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University. His working career was spent in Applied Research & Development of materials at Los Alamos National Laboratory and also in commercial manufacturing industries. His current retirement interests include the history of astronomy, volunteering at the nature center’s planetarium and any activities that allow him to roam outdoors with his dog, Shadow. He takes pride in being able to navigate without using a GPS.
There is limited seating in the planetarium so purchase tickets 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.
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.