Two special planetarium programs are at the nature center this weekend. Saturday Steve Becker will give a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program. Sunday visit the NM PBS Science Café and watch segments of Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from a panel of asteroid experts. Courtesy/NM PBS
Today and Sunday, the community is invited to attend two special planetarium programs at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Saturday afternoon, tour the heavens at a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program and Sunday, watch segments of Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from asteroid experts at the New Mexico PBS Science Café.
At 2 p.m. today, Steve Becker will give a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program happening later this evening. Review highlights of the night sky and learn the location of planets and constellations that will be visible. This is a summer of planets, as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be viewable. Admission to the Dark Night preview is $6/adult and $4/child. This event is happening after the Electric Vehicle Show the nature center is hosting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
At the New Mexico PBS Science Café, the nature center will show segments of the NOVA documentary Day the Dinosaurs Died and host a panel of asteroid experts, including Galen Gisler and Cathy Plesko. After watching clips of the film, panelists will discuss the threats that asteroids pose and what scientists have done to protect against them. This event is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 15. It is free to attend, but registration is required. Compa Industries is sponsoring this event.
Seating is limited for both of these programs, so call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve tickets.
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.