Explore the wonders of big telescopes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Dave North and Akkana Peck will discuss why we build huge telescopes and what they have told us about our universe on Friday at 7 p.m. Photo Courtesy PEEC
Explore the wonders of “Big Honking Telescopes” this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Join Dave North and Akkana Peck to learn why we build extremely large telescopes and what they have told us about our universe. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
Most of what we know about the larger universe is the result of ever larger and better optics. North and Peck will weave the story of the inspiration, design and genius behind these monster telescopes and explore the surprising discoveries they have brought to Earth.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will show the full dome film “From Earth to the Universe” on Saturday, Feb.23 at 2 p.m. This visually stunning film shows just how far humanity’s ambition has taken us in terms of observing and understanding the Universe.
Seating is limited for both this panel and movie, so please call the nature center at 505-662-0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. The “Big Honking Telescopes” talk is free and admission for the film is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.