Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!
MIRA's next lecture is on the events website: http://www.mira.org/events.htm
The program is as follows:
Title: Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!, Dr. Francis Nimmo, U.C. Santa Cruz
Location & time: MPC Lecture Forum #102 on January 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
Eighty-six years after its discovery, we finally get a close-up look at the dwarf planet at the edge of the Solar System. Not only is the surface a fascinating amalgam of mountains, craters, ice flows, and vast plains, but based on evidence from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft, Dr. Nimmo predicts a vast water ocean beneath the surface.
At the second Chesley Bonestell Memorial Lecture, the Friends of MIRA got a firsthand description by Clyde Tombaugh of how he discovered Pluto, a tiny dot in a sea of stars. Now, more than a quarter century later, the human desire to explore has revealed that dot as a complex planet with intriguing mysteries.
Dr. Nimmo is a professor of Planetary Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
His interests are in explaining the spectacular diversity of planets and moons in our solar system.