Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System - Foothill College

From the Peninsula Astronomical Society: Fraknoi Presents Free Astronomy Tourist Lecture Oct. 12

Astronomer and popular lecturer Andrew Fraknoi will give an illustrated non-technical talk on The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System at the monthly meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 5015 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is $3; purchase permit from dispenser in any student lot. Parking lots 5 and 6 provide closest access to Room 5015 (please do not park in staff parking; citations are issued).

Subtitled Where Bill Gates' Great-Granddaughter Will Go on Her Honeymoon, Fraknoi's talk will use spectacular images from space probes and the world's largest telescopes to explore the most intriguing future tourist destinations among local planets and moons. Stops include the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest lovers leap in the solar system), and the recently discovered steam geysers on one of Saturn's moons. No background in science is assumed and kids age 12 and older are welcome.

Fraknoi is the chairman of the Foothill College Astronomy Department, where he teaches classes on astronomy for poets. Named the California Professor of the Year in 2007, he has received several national awards for his work in explaining space science. His children's book, Disney's Wonderful World of Space, came out in a paperbound edition in 2009. He appears regularly on local and national radio explaining astronomy developments in everyday language. He currently serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the nonprofit SETI Institute, devoted to the search for life elsewhere in the universe. Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his educational work.

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