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.
- February 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.