Astronomy – What’s Up in the Sky for 2021

The year 2021 promises some great stargazing opportunities, with chances to see comets, dying stars, galaxies and of course the planets! Join Dan Johnson, long-time amateur astronomer, member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and volunteer instructor at the Powell Observatory, to find out what you can expect to see in the night sky with a small telescope in the coming year.

Making Space: Women Who Have Shown Us the Stars

Throughout history, women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to astronomy through their work to disseminate observations and discoveries with visualizations and publications. Join astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Héloïse Stevance and Linda Hall Library’s new assistant curator of rare books and manuscripts Dr. Jamie Cumby to discover and celebrate the important contributions women past and present have made to astronomy, including highlights from the Library’s extensive astronomical collection.

Livestream Lecture: Apollo 13—NASA’s Most Successful Failure

April 13 will mark the 50th anniversary of the oxygen tank explosion in Apollo 13’s service module. Relive the harrowing mission and learn about what led to NASA’s most successful failure with Jim Remar, President and CEO of the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas.