Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will present a talk about gamma-ray bursts — the brightest explosions in the universe at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center also will show the full-dome film ‘Exploding Universe’ at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the planetarium.
Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will discuss the brightest explosions in the universe at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Lloyd-Ronning will tell the audience all about the incredible phenomena that is gamma-ray bursts, which occur when a massive star dies or when two old, dense stars smash into each other.
During her talk, Lloyd-Ronning will give an update on what has been learned from GW170817, a short gamma-ray burst that emitted gravitational waves detected by LIGO in 2017. Lloyd-Ronning is in the computational physicals group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and on the physics faculty at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos. She said 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.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “Exploding Universe” in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. This exciting film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as known today. The movie dives into all that is fascinating and extreme in the progression of the Universe.
Seating is limited for both the talk and movie, so call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. Admission for both events is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children 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.