Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium with a talk from Erica Fogerty that will explore the astrophysical origin of the equinox, as well as its cultural significance throughout the ages.
An equinox happens only twice each year, marking the time when the lengths of Earth’s day and night are exactly the same. Learn about how the autumnal equinox connects to harvest and how it has celebrated around the world.
Erica Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist at LANL’s Center for Theoretical Astrophysics. Her research explores how stars and planets form in cosmic environments using complex astrophysical simulations on the world’s most advanced supercomputers. A native of Philadelphia, she is enjoying the change in surroundings that comes with living in northern New Mexico. Alongside her research, she enjoys engaging the community through public outreach and is an advocate for young girls in STEM.
The following day, the nature center is showing the full-dome film “Incoming!” in the planetarium. Narrated by George Takei, this planetarium show explores asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins. The movie will start at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
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.