The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

The Centennial Observatory
2017 Astronomy Talk Schedule

Presented on Wednesdays near the new moon in February, April, September, and November in the Faulkner Planetarium.  Start times vary seasonally.

Adult admission: $2.50, students: $1.50, children 6 and under free.

Two hours of telescope viewing follow the talk (weather permitting).  Observatory admission: $1.50, or free with paid talk admission.

  • TelescopeFebruary 1st, 6:00 PM
    “The Hunt for Planet 9” - In 2015, Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin announced evidence for a large, unseen planet beyond Pluto.  This program will examine their claim and the ongoing efforts to verify it.

  • April 26th, 7:45 PM
    “Lights All Askew in the Heavens: Gravitational Lenses” - In November 1919, Albert Einstein became a household name when his prediction that gravity bends starlight was proven correct.  Today, gravitational lenses are powerful tools for probing the distant universe.

  • September 20th, 7:30 PM
    “Introducing Sagittarius, the Centaur Archer” - The history, mythology, and interesting celestial targets in this summer zodiac constellation.

  • November 15th, 6:30 PM
    “Super Moons and Mars Hoaxes: Debunking Astronomical Baloney” - Wild astronomical claims pervade the media in the age of “fake news.&rdquo.  Learn what’s real, what’s hype, and how to know the difference.