Please note that if a talk has filled and while the talk is going on, you do not need a reservation to still tour the
Observatory, talk with SAS members in the dome, and look through telescopes if clear. On crowded nights, reservations are needed for
going up to the dome after the talk has finished. Individuals with reservations for the talk automatically get a group number for
going up to the dome, distributed in the order the reservations were made.
- April 16 8:00 pm Ryan Dunbabin "Space Travel"
April 16 8:30 pm Chris Morgon "Gravity and Tidal Forces"
Mars was in opposition on April 8 (Sun---Earth--Mars alignment), but will be at its closest during this passing up by Earth on April 14, just 2 days before this viewing opportunity. If the skies are at all clear, we should be able to see Jupiter at the start of the evening and the red planet Mars after about 9:30 pm (it rises earlier but will be blocked by tall trees on campus). Ryan's and Chris's talks are certainly appropriate for this celestial event! For more information, go to http://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/nightsky/opposition/