As breakthroughs in astronomy occurred, the “Known Universe” kept increasing in size. Join Dave North and Akkana Peck in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium Friday, Dec. 28 to explore how the perception of reality has grown over time, noting bumps along the road, some dead ends and some groundbreaking ideas.
This talk begins at 7 p.m. and will look at the telescope, in particular.
This is the second in a series of planetarium talks that North and Peck are giving about finding a larger universe. In this talk, they will look at how the telescope triggered both a technological and theoretical explosion in the field of astronomy. The invention upended our ideas about both the size and nature of the Universe. Peck and North are both long-time observers of the skies. North popularized the term “shallow sky” for observing objects in our solar system (as opposed to “deep sky” objects like galaxies and nebulae) and is a past president of the San Jose Astronomical Association, while Peck writes computer programs and runs the Shallow Sky website.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. This beautiful film explores the power of America’s national parks and offers incredible views of lush forests, towering cliffs and deep canyons. This film was brought to Los Alamos by PEEC’s sponsors CB FOX, Metzger’s Hardware and the Delle Foundation, with additional funding from the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
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.