Two Upcoming Astronomy Lectures at Foothill College
Dear Astronomy Enthusiast:
I am delighted to report that the renovation work on Foothill College's Smithwick Theater is done, and we will resume the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures this fall. We're planning six exciting Wednesday evening lectures in 2012–2013, starting with the one described below. (That is, of course, if the world doesn't end on the winter solstice of 2012, as so many tabloid TV shows are claiming. But somehow I am confident that we'll still be meeting in 2013 :-)!)
The Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity" landed successfully on August 5th to begin its 23 month mission
What have scientists discovered so far, particularly with respect to the geology of the Gale crater landing site?
Instruments aboard Curiosity are searching for evidence of environmental conditions that could support microbial life
How are dust and rocks analyzed and studied to learn about the role of water in forming the Martian landscape?
Submitted by ryelton660 on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 15:34
Join Martin Rees, England’s Astronomer Royal, for a fascinating and thought-provoking talk about the nature of the cosmos and the high stakes humans face as we consider our future in it. A renowned scientist whose work has touched on some of the greatest questions in physics, Professor Rees will use his unique and stimulating perspective to explore the consequences of scientific discovery, the limits of human understanding, and our role as the first species in 45 million centuries to determine the Earth's fate.
October 12, 2012, 3:00 PM, UCSC Music Recital Hall