Uncover the secrets of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. with Dan Reisenfeld. Then, watch the new full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. “Superpower Dogs” was brought to Los Alamos by local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC. Photo Courtesy PEEC
Explore the mysterious and beautiful objects of the Milky Way Galaxy on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astronomer Dan Reisenfeld will take attendees on a tour of many unique objects in the Milky Way, show them the galaxy at wavelengths invisible to the eye and explore the ultimate fate of the Milky Way Galaxy at this talk.
The Milky Way Galaxy is home to our Sun and over 100 billion other stars. Most of these stars are much like the Sun, but spread throughout the galaxy’s vastness are denizens mysterious and beautiful. These objects include dark molecular clouds housing stellar nurseries, young clusters of newborn stars still enshrouded in luminous gases, the glowing embers of dead and dying stars and even mini-galaxies orbiting the core of the Milky Way. Lurking in the core, there is also a supermassive black hole with the mass of 4 billion Suns!
In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC brought this exciting movie to Los Alamos. Join an immersive adventure that explores the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. This inspiring true story is narrated by Chris Evans and follows six dogs that brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species and help people with special needs.
Seating is limited for both of these events, so please call the nature center at 505-662-0460 or stop by to reserve your tickets. Admission to both programs is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children 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.