Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
with Andrew Fraknoi, Professor & Chair of Astronomy, Foothill College
A production of Wonderfest
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-10:00PM
Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mount Tamlapais State Park,
801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley
Free, please RSVP
The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System: Where Bill Gates’ Great-Granddaughter Will Go on Her Honeymoon
Using spectacular images from space probes and the world’s largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Among our stops will be the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus.
After the lecture and slide presentation, Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead us on a laser-guided tour of the night sky. Then, everyone is invited to gaze through the big telescopes of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.
Our principal speaker, Andrew Fraknoi, is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College. He was named California Professor of the Year in 2007 and has received several other awards for his work in explaining space science. He appears regularly on local and national radio explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his work in science education and outreach.
Admission is FREE. Bring a flashlight, and, just in case, wear warm clothes in layers. If bad weather threatens, call 415-455-5370 after 4:00PM. This event is presented in collaboration with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mt. Tam, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and the Mt. Tam Astronomy Programs.