Hear about the lives of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, Chick Keller will give a talk about the incredible lives of these two men and their contributions to astronomy. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” in the planetarium at 2 p.m.
Kepler and Brahe turned our understanding of the solar system completely upside down. The fortunate combination of the two outstanding men, one the supreme observer and the other the uncommon and highly original mathematical astronomer, has seldom happened in the history of science. The two men could not have been more different, one an aristocrat, and the other a humble teacher — yet they found each other as scientists often do.
Join Chick Keller to hear the story of how they found each other and changed the field of astronomy. Keller will discuss how they navigated the drama of personalities in a time when the whims of kings and emperors had to be dealt with, religious wars seemed to be everywhere and the plague was scattering people across Europe. A highlight of this talk will be to see the observing instruments that Brahe specially constructed.
The nature center is also showing the full-dome film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m Saturday, Sept. 1. This planetarium movie takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible and can only be seen with the help of technology and special filming techniques.
Seating is limited for this 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.