Celebrate the summer solstice 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace will present a lecture on the tradition, folklore and astronomical significance of the summer solstice, 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace
Before the lecture in the planetarium, the Los Alamos Folk Dance Club will perform a Polish Solstice dance until 7:15 p.m. outside the nature center. The audience will then gather inside the planetarium to hear from Dr. Wallace, who will lead a discussion and share stories until 8:15 p.m. of solstice traditions and mid-summer celebrations around the world.
Dr. Wallace has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Lick Observatory), with a concentration in numerical calculations of stellar explosions (Novae, Supernovae, X-ray Bursts), nuclear fusion and the formation of the elements. He served as a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 30 years.
Because there is limited seating in the planetarium, tickets should be purchased in advance at the Los Alamos Nature Center or by calling 505.662.0460. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.
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.