Free Event:
2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, May 11th, 7 PM


The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is scheduled to begin operations in early 2025. Located on an Andean peak, with a huge mirror and the largest digital camera ever built, its mission is to take deep, panoramic images of the sky every 30 seconds, all night long. Every three nights it will map the entire night sky, and it will repeat this process for 10 years. This is by far the most ambitious sky survey ever: in just its first two months of operation, it will gather more data than all of the telescopes in history combined. Join us as Bob Abel talks about what this mission will teach us about our solar system, our galaxy and the Universe. 

Bob Abel is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Olympic College. For the past fifteen years his research has focused on analysis in support of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).

After Dr. Abel’s talk, Erin will take in-person attendees on a tour of the summer night sky in the Rudolph Planetarium.
(Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to share the Planetarium show over Zoom.)

Upcoming Events: Movies At The Planetarium

Every Wednesday Evening, 5 PM and 6 PM

Adults: $5
Children: $3

Wednesday, May 1:
From Earth to the Universe

Only recently have humans truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Wednesday, May 8:
The Hot and Energetic Universe

High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in our understanding of the universe. Experience how we explore the hot and violent Universe through observations of high energy radiation.

Wednesday, May 15:
Phantom of the Universe

An exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.

Wednesday, May 22:
Seeing! A Photon’s Journey
Across Space, Time and Mind

Join Neil deGrasse Tyson on a journey exploring the life of a photon, as it’s created in the belly of a star, then travels across the galaxy, and finally enters into the eye of a young stargazing girl.

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