Special Planetarium Show With Astrophysicist Galen Gisler Explores Origins Of Universe

The night sky. Courtesy photo

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Using examples visible in the July night sky, astrophysicist Galen Gisler will discuss the beginning of the universe and when and how it began as part of a special planetarium show at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. today.

The show will explore two independent streams of evidence for the world’s beginning and conclude with a brief sketch of the physics of the Big Bang itself.

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state. With a Bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from Yale University and a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (England), Gisler went on to postdoctoral positions at the Leiden University Observatory (Netherlands) and Kitt Peak National Observatory (Arizona).

In 1981 he began a 25-year career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was involved in a variety of activities including extragalactic jets, particle beams, plasmas, astronomical transients, adaptive processing, and hydrocode simulations of impact processes and tsunamis. In 2006 he and his wife Susan moved to Norway where Gisler held a senior research position at the Center for the Physics of Geological Processes at the University of Oslo. They returned to Los Alamos late in 2012 to enjoy the mountains. Although semi-retired, Gisler works as an Associate at LANL on ways of defending the Earth against asteroid impacts. 

This special astronomy show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited. Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

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.