THE ASTRONOMY CAFE
The Astronomy Cafe is a brand new planetarium event! On the second Monday of each month,attend an informal discussion about a different astronomical topic. Each presentation includes aquestion/answer period and a night sky tour. Admission by donation. (Suggested $5-7)
AURORA ON ICE
Monday, February 9, 2015 8:00 p.m.
[NOTE: February's 'Astronomy Cafe' begins at 8:00 p.m., not 7:00 p.m.]
Though we associate the Aurora Borealis with winter, one can see the Northern Lights any time of year. Their appearances in the mid latitudes aren't solely determined by the season, but also by solar activity. Join us for an evening of beautiful aurora images and learn the fundamentals of space weather science.
ASTRONOMY OF THE SEASONS
Monday, March 9, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Are you ready for spring's return? After our long cold season, the air is warming, the duration of daylight increasing, and the ground is becoming verdant yet again. Why do we experience profound changes during the various seasons? Is it as simple a matter of Earth's tilt? As we prepare to transition from winter to spring, join us for a talk about the astronomy of the seasons.
Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 p.m.
We've discussed the worlds within our solar system. Tonight, we extend our reach into the galaxy. The Kepler Probe continues its search for exo-planets, those worlds in orbit around other stars. How can the Keplerprobe find these worlds? It is possible our galaxy might contain as many as one trillion planets. How much can be know about them?
Monday, May 11, 2015 7:00 p.m.
An evening of constellation and planet mythology. The Astronomy Cafe focuses on the ancient sagas of the stars. We not only include constellation overlays, but also artwork based on the rich mythological traditions of the night sky.
THE BIG BANG AND BEYOND
Monday, June 8, 2015 7:00 p.m.
June's Astronomy Cafe takes us to the beginning of space-time. How did the Universe start? How did astronomers figure out that the cosmos actually had a beginning? Was everything once condensed into a singularity? Will the Unverse continue forever? Or, could the Big Bang model actually be incorrect?
Monday, July 13, 2015 7:00 p.m.
In January, we conducted a thorough tour of the winter sky. Tonight, we explore the rich summer sky. See the "Summer Triangle," "Hercules," "Draco the Dragon," "Delphinus the Dolphin," and, of course, the brilliant Milky Way, amongst other celestial wonders. Join us as we explore the sky above the campfires.
Reservations not required. Doors open half an hour before the presentation begins. For more information, consult our web-siteusm.maine.edu/planet, call 207-780-4249 or or e-mail email@example.com