Explore the stellar discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium with Joyce Guzik this at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 right after Bear Festival.
The NASA Kepler spacecraft, launched in March 2009 into an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun, has so far discovered more than 2,000 planets around other stars. It also has examined brightness variations for hundreds of thousands of stars, revealing many new variable star types and providing data for researchers to infer the size, mass, age and interior structure of stars, a field known as “asteroseismology.”
The talk will highlight a few of the many discoveries of this mission, which will come to an end when the spacecraft runs out of fuel in 2019.
Guzik is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University and has been investigating the interior structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars since 1986.
Seating is limited for this talk, so please call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.