Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes, and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution. Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m., and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Upcoming lectures include:
- Oct. 6 – Three Decades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun: Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimets will discuss the telescopes that have made this golden age of solar observation possible and the breathtaking results.
- Oct. 20 – Mercury: Oh Strange New World: Planetary Geophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss the complexities that make Mercury so wonderfully unique.
- Nov. 3 – Moon Rocks and How They Became Famous: Teasel Muir-Harmony will explore the wide-ranging role that moon rocks have played in the history of the U.S. space program.
- Nov. 17 – The Dynamic Sun: Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explore the Sun with observation from some of the most advanced telescopes created.
For more information and a full schedule, please visit http://bit.ly/PjVeXC.