The second Friday of each month, Eat, Drink, and Do Science in a completely kid-free Science Center. From 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., each event will feature a unique theme with hands-on activities, science talks, cash bars, and food. Make a night of it by staying for a 9:00 p.m. Hollywood movie on our 4-story screen!
October 12th, 2018 is Eat, Drink, & Do Science: Lost in Space
It’s Space Night for adults! Unleash your inner Skywalker or Kirk with a romp in Science in Play with laser guns or fire paper rockets from the 2nd floor into the atrium! Explore real space science w/ activities from the Challenger Learning Center, RiverCity Rocketry, and DDWilliamson. For some more in-depth content, this month’s Scientific Proofs presentation will feature University of Louisville’s Tim Dowling and KCTCS’s Chris Graney will be onsite to discuss their research into the Juno and Cassini Proximity Orbits, and a recent discovery into Galileo’s conflicts with the Inquisition.
Also, hang out with us as the night winds down to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey on the 4-story screen! 😁
Get your tickets now! Admission is $15 for Science Center members/$20 for non-members.
This event also includes our Proofs Speaker Series (7, 8, and 9 pm in the Tech Forum) including:
Update on Jupiter and Saturn from the Juno and Cassini Proximity Orbits
What is inside the dense cloud of Jupiter and exactly how old are Saturn’s rings? The Juno and Cassini spacecrafts begun collecting information on the two gas giants in 2017. Their close orbits allowed close up-views which provided scientists new glimpses of what is beneath the gaseous exteriors.
Hear from Tim Dowling, professor and director of the Atmospheric Science Program at the University of Louisville and an expert on planetary atmospheres. He is the principal architect of the EPIC atmospheric model, which is used by NASA and researchers around the world to study planetary jet streams including Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot.
Galileo vs the Inquisition: How a famed astronomer tried to be politically correct
Galileo Galilei, the famed astronomer who went toe to toe with the Church over the belief that the earth traveled around the sun, may have had edited his thoughts in his letter to the Inquisition in Rome. For a long time, knowledge of two different letters existed, one representing more extreme views than the others. Some believed that the Church may have forged the more extreme version of the letters. However, a newly unearthed version of the letter shows that Galileo himself edited it, toning down the language during the Galileo affair.
Chris Graney, professor of physics and astronomy at Jefferson Community & Technical College will discuss this recent development. Graney also runs the college’s observatory and does research and writes on the history of astronomy.