Chautauqua Announces 2016-17 Space Series


May 2, 2016 – Colorado Chautauqua Association has announced the 2016-17 Chautauqua Space Series, which features some of Boulder’s most accomplished scientists. The public lectures are held at 7:00 p.m. at Chautauqua Community House in Boulder, Colorado.

October 24, 2016 – OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return

Dr. Vicky Hamilton of Southwest Research Institute all talk about the OSIRIS-REx mission to return a pristine sample from the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu. Clues to the origin and evolution of the solar system, initial stages of planet formation and the source of organic compounds can be gathered from this likely carbon-rich sample.

November 14, 2016 – Ancient Polynesian Navigation

Join Dr. John Stocke of CU Boulder to learn about the ancient navigational techniques that modern explorers use to recreate the ancient ways, while reviving their Polynesian culture and heritage.

December 12, 2016 – Meet the Dream Chaser, America’s Spacecraft

The development team from Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems, the owner and integrator of the Dream Chaser, will discuss the Dream Chaser’s upcoming missions and future implications.

January 23, 2017 – Looking Back to the Big Bang

Nils Halverson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences and Physics departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has spent the last 20 years building and deploying Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiments. He is currently collaborating on projects with telescopes at the South Pole, in Chile, and possibly in space.

February 13, 2017 – Engineering Discovery: The Webb Telescope

Allison Barto, Ball Aerospace, is the program manager for the James Webb telescope and will lead Ball’s support during launch and commissioning, scheduled for 2018. She will share how astronomer’s questions shape telescope design and offer a glimpse into the amazing engineering that enables scientific discovery.

March 13, 2017 – Birth of Stars and Planets

Dr. John Bally, APS, Boulder, is on the Spitzer space observatory warm mission which monitors approximately 200 nearby galaxies for luminous infrared flares. He will discuss the formation of stars and planetary systems and share incredible results from the new ALMA telescope in Chile.

April 11, 2017 – Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin

Dr. Larry Esposito of LASP & APS will discuss the similarities between Venus and Earth and study the links between the surface, interior and climatic processes that reinforce the idea that Venus could represent the fate of Earth – making Venus an essential target for further exploration.

May 8, 2017 – Future Astronomy for Ancient Questions

Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Ball Aerospace, will share a glimpse into the future of astronomy and aerospace technology. Ball Aerospace has been advancing space technology for over 60 years, but it is the next generation of cutting-edge technology that will shed light on the age-old questions of life beyond Earth.

TICKET INFORMATION – Tickets now on sale!

These shows sell out fast! May is not too early to plan for October.

All events:
7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House

$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)

Purchase tickets online.