Explore the night skies of November at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 watch the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
Learn what will be visible in November’s night skies Friday, Nov. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
Paul Arendt will host an interactive tour of the heavens at 7 p.m. and will highlight planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.
During the month of November, Mars, Saturn and Venus will all be visible. Arendt also will discuss selected objects like double stars, star clusters and galaxies outlined in star-chart handouts that will be given to the audience. It will include objects that can be seen by the unaided eye, with binoculars or modest telescopes.
The program will end with a brief presentation on recent astronomical findings announced by NASA and other research institutions. These include results from the recently launched TESS space telescope and the Ryugu asteroid sampling mission. After the talk, Arendt will take requests from audience members to zoom to objects that may be of personal interest.
The nature center also will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Enjoy adrenaline-pumping odyssey and sweeping views of our nation’s parks on this beautiful giant-screen movie. This film is brought to Los Alamos by CB FOX, Metzger’s Hardware and the Delle Foundation, with additional funding from Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Seating is limited for both the talk and movie, so please 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 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.