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.
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.
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.
Feature-length documentary on the life of space artist Chesley Bonestell. Co-sponsored and hosted by MRIGlobal. A 30-minute Q&A with Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., the film’s writer, producer, and director, will follow the screening. MRIGlobal’s collection of eight original Bonestell paintings will also be on display during the event.
Join Dr. John Grant, Geologist at the Smithsonian Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, for an in-depth look at current and future robotic missions to Mars.