Visit the Meteorite Gallery on the second floor of ISTB4, and touch real meteorites!
From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, telescopes next to the James Turrell Skyscape art installation, a short distance from the building. will be pointed at celestial objects of interest.
Enjoy hands-on activities and take in a planetarium show in the Marston Theatre!
Open House is in ISTB4, with telescopes located next to the James Turrell Skyscape art installation, a short distance from the building.
Open House is a rain or shine event! While the weather may not always look promising for telescopes, there’s a fantastic array of interactive exhibits and displays inside ISTB4, as well as the 3D Astronomy Show!
The Center does not offer identification services for potential meteorites at Earth & Space Open House.
I will discuss our efforts to chase gravitational wave triggers using ground-based, mostly robotic telescopes. I will also discuss the event from August 2017, which reached us from a nearby galaxy 140 million light years away. Studies of the August 2017 event constrain fundamental physics and teach us about the Universe's brightest explosions (gamma-ray bursts), about the merging and exploding of neutron stars, and about the origin of precious metals in the Universe.
Our community is well-equipped to chase and study future gravitational wave events, presuming more occur on a regular basis.
6:15 p.m. — Doors open
6:45 p.m. — 3-D Planetarium show*
7:30–9:30 p.m. — Telescopes open for public viewing
7:40 p.m. — Keynote lecture
8:50 p.m. — 3-D Planetarium show*
9:30 p.m. — Event ends
*The two 3-D planetarium shows and keynote lecture will be held in the Marston Exploration Theater. Please note that seating is first come, first served. Doors to the Marston Exploration Theater will open five minutes before the start of each show and the theater will be emptied following each presentation.