The Astronomy Cafe


The Astronomy Cafe  is a brand new planetarium event!  Once a 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 donation   

Aurora Borealis
Monday, February 13, 2017
8:00 p.m.

Each February, the Astronomy Cafe focuses on the Aurora Borealis, the "Northern Lights."  We discuss the science and mythology of this enchanting sight.   What produces an aurora? Where are they visible?  Why do they produce different colors?  Do they make a sound?


Astronomical Misconceptions

Monday, March 13, 2017
6:00 p.m.    (Special 6:00 p.m. start time!)

The Sun is yellow.  The North Star is directly overhead.  One can only balance eggs on their ends on the equinox.  The moon has no gravity.  The moon doesn't rotate.   The moon is the only body involved in tides.   Satellites aren't experiencing any gravitational pull.  A comet's tail is always behind a comet's traveling path.    All of these are examples of astronomical misconceptions.   During this Astronomy Cafe we address as many astronomical misconception as we can. 

exo planets

Monday, April 10, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Our galaxy might harbor more than one trillion planets!  Astronomers have found thousands of exo planets, planets in orbit around other stars.   From these discoveries, astronomers estimate that planets outnumber stars in the Milky Way.   We discuss the many methods by which astronomers locate exo planets and take a quick tour of some of the most exotic planets yet discovered.