Before compasses, clocks and GPS, humans navigated by the stars. The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. today to learn how humans and animals have used the stars to find their way at night, and how you can too. Akkana Peck and Dave North will lead this planetarium talk.
Peck and North will take their audience on a journey through time, exploring how stars have guided ancient Micronesians, historical Europeans, explorers like Lewis and Clark, migrating birds and dung beetles. The audience will also learn skills they can use if they’re ever lost at night.
Peck and North are long-time observers of the skies. Dave popularized the term “shallow sky” for observing objects in our solar system (as opposed to “deep sky” objects like galaxies and nebulae) and is past president of the San Jose Astronomical Association. Akkana writes computer programs and runs the Shallow Sky website.
Seating is limited for this program, so call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve your tickets. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.