PEEC is celebrating ScienceFest’s ‘Driven By Science’ theme with its annual Electric Vehicle Show Saturday in the Mesa Public Library overflow lot across from Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/PEEC
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is excited to join in the Los Alamos ScienceFest fun this year.
PEEC is partnering with the ScienceFest team, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Pajarito Astronomers to host a variety of events to celebrate today and Saturday.
Dark Sky Preservation
Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m., join PEEC for the first talk in the nature center’s planetarium in over a year! Astronomer Galen Gisler will give a demonstration showing how light pollution impacts our view of the night sky. Using special effects with the cove lighting system in the planetarium, Gisler will demonstrate sky glow and light domes over cities and discuss what we can do to mitigate light pollution and preserve our night skies. Crossroads LED Vice President Buddy Stefanoff will present a slideshow called “Preserving Our Dark Skies” and show several dark sky certified fixtures that his company produces. This talk is free to attend, but advance registration is encouraged. Learn more and sign up here.
Electric Vehicle Show
PEEC is celebrating ScienceFest’s “Driven By Science” theme with their annual Electric Vehicle Show Saturday, July 10! Stop by the Mesa Public Library Overflow Lot across from Ashley Pond Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see a variety of electric-powered vehicles, to ask questions of owners and dealers and to learn more about the carbon footprints of electric vehicles compared to gas-powered vehicles. This event is made possible by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
Sunspot Viewing & Dark Night
Saturday, July 10 will also feature two astronomy-themed events from PEEC and the Pajarito Astronomers. Stop by Ashley Pond Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to speak with astronomers and to take a look at our Sun through appropriately filtered telescopes. Attendees will look for any sunspots that might show up on the Sun’s surface (clouds permitting) and discuss how the Sun impacts life on Earth. Information on mitigating light pollution and responsible lighting practices will also be available at this event.
Then, join PEEC and the Pajarito Astronomers for a ScienceFest Dark Night at Spirio Fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. If you have an interest in stargazing and would like the chance to look for stars through a telescope, come out and join us! This event will start at about 8 p.m. for people who want to set up telescopes, but stars will be more visible closer to 9 p.m. and about 9:30 p.m. Pajarito Astronomers President Heidi Morris will give a tour of the night sky,
Bring a flashlight or headlamp to this event with a red light setting and use only parking lights when driving through Overlook Park after dark. Bring binoculars, telescope or just come out to enjoy the night sky. This event is weather-dependent. Maintain social distancing around others and follow mask requirements for unvaccinated individuals.