May 8, 2015 – Colorado Chautauqua Association has announced the 2015-16 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.
Professor Jeremy Darling will lead a brief tour of the history and contents of the universe, emphasizing how we know what we know, how we got here and what’s next for our cosmos.
Professor John Stocke will discuss new observations from Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph that show normal spiral galaxies are surrounded by halos of gas that can extend over one million light-years in diameter.
Buckle up for a trip with Professor Andrew Hamilton, as he takes us where no man has gone before – into the guts of black holes using a real-time, interactive Black Hole Flight Simulator.
Dr. Fran Bagenal will discuss how Juno will help us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans play in putting together the rest of the solar system.
Dr. Jason Glenn will discuss what we have learned about the structure of the Milky Way, giving context from historical developments and culminating in exciting recent measurements that promise to yield a precise description of our galaxy.
Much of our understanding of Incan civilization and the astronomy at the core of their beliefs and traditions comes only from field work of the past few decades. Some of the most significant astronomy of the area is found at the ruins of Llactapata, located near Machu Picchu. These ruins were discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912 before they were lost again for 90 years. Dr. Kim Malville will retell her rediscovery of Llactapata and the astronomy secrets it revealed.
Since arriving in the Saturn system in 2005, the Cassini spacecraft has been observing some of the most fascinating worlds in our solar system: Saturn’s moons. Dr. Carly Howett will explore the moon worlds of Enceladus and Titan, along with their neighbors, and will highlight some of Cassini’s new discoveries.
NASA’s MAVEN mission set out to figure out how Mars could have lost 99 percent of its atmosphere – a change that transformed Mars from a warm, wet and possibly habitable world, to a cold dry desert planet inhabited solely by robots. Associate Professor Nick Schneider, the lead of MAVEN’s Remote Sensing Team, will recap MAVEN’s primary mission and some of its findings.
TICKET INFORMATION – Tickets now on sale!
These shows sell out fast! May is not too early to plan for October.
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)
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Space Series Package: $64.00 ($48.00 Concert Member).
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