A couple of interesting talks and no less than five club meetings fill the astronomy event calendar for this week.
UW Astronomy Colloquium
Come learn about what the Juno mission is accomplishing at Jupiter. Sam Gulkis of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the co-investigators for Juno, will speak at the University of Washington astronomy colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 15 in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium on the UW campus in Seattle. Often the colloquia are a little heavy for the non-scientist audience, but this one sounds approachable. Gulkis will discuss how Juno peeks under Jupiter’s clouds using microwaves and other techniques, and he’ll fill us in on some of the mission’s early findings.
Astronomy on Tap Seattle
Astronomy on Tap Seattle has an unusual Friday gathering this month, with two talks, astronomy trivia, and great prizes on the docket for 7 p.m. February 16 at Peddler Brewing Company in Ballard. The topic for the evening will be Cosmic Explorers. Dr. Jen Sobeck, a senior research scientist in the UW Department of Astronomy, will talk about the Harvard Computers—the women who mapped the sky! Dr. Elizabeth Tasker, author of The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth (Bloomsbury Sigma, 2017) will talk about “Earth 2.0” and the search for a habitable world. (By the way, if you buy the book from that link, Seattle Astronomy gets a small royalty at no cost to you! It helps us do what we do. Thanks!)
AOT is free, but remember to buy beer. Bring a lawn chair to create your own front-row seating!
The Washington State University Planetarium in Pullman has a special show planned for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. “Some Like It Hot” will show at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30. It’s not the movie with Marilyn Monroe, and Tony Curtis; this planetarium show is all about temperature—from the frigid to the muy caliente, the universe has it all.
Admission is $5 cash or check at the door. No credit cards are accepted at the planetarium.
Check our calendar page for a list of links to other planetaria in the area.
Astronomy club meetings
- Island County Astronomical Society, 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 12, Oak Harbor Library
- Heart of the Valley Astronomers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station in Corvallis
- Eugene Astronomical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 15, The Science Factory, Eugene
- Tri-City Astronomy Club, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, All Saints Episcopal Church, Richland
- Palouse Astronomical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 15, Shari’s on Warbonnet in Moscow, Idaho.
The Island County Astronomical also plans a public star party for 7 p.m. Friday, February 16 at Fort Nugent Park in Oak Harbor.
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