July 2015

DateEventLocation
Saturday, Jun 13–Sunday, Aug 30
The Heritage of Astronomical Art in Arizona
Gala Opening June 13th at 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Guest Speaker, Chris Impey at 7:00pm

Featuring the work of Robert McCall, Dr. William K. Hartman, Kim Poor, Pamela Lee, and Marilyn Flynn.
Flandrau Planetarium: Room
Friday, Jul 3
Independence Day observed: no classes
Saturday, Jul 18
10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Summer Science Saturday

Every summer, the Space Imagery Center at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) hosts a free community open house. These events feature lectures and displays about research at LPL. For the younger members of our community, the events feature plenty of hands-on activities.

Lectures
Kuiper Space Sciences Room 308

1:00 p.m.
Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in the Big Picture of the Solar System
Dr. Renu Malhotra
Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

In the last two decades, planetary scientists discovered that Pluto has many siblings and that they are all part of a super-sized version of the asteroid belt—known as the Kuiper Belt—in the vast space beyond the zone of the giant planets. The New Horizons spacecraft is visiting Pluto in July and will subsequently visit another Kuiper Belt Object “PT1” (for Potentially Targetable KBO 1), giving us the first close-up look at these worlds in the coldest, darkest regions of the solar system. Professor Malhotra will review the recent discoveries and how they are revolutionizing our knowledge of the solar system.

2:00 p.m.
Dawn of the Dwarf Planet
Dr. Shane Byrne
Associate Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

The Dawn Spacecraft is currently investigating the dwarf planet Ceres, after having successfully explored the nearby asteroid Vesta. These two diverse bodies have given us a glimpse into the very beginnings of the solar system when the building blocks of planets like the Earth were being assembled. Vesta had some of the earliest volcanoes, while the ice-rich Ceres likely had an ancient subsurface ocean. Dawn observations today are providing plenty of surprises, Dr. Byrne will discuss Dawn's achievements to date and the ongoing exploration of Ceres.

3:00 p.m.
From 700,000 Asteroids to 1… Why OSIRIS-REx is Going to Asteroid Bennu
Carl Hergenrother, LPL Associate Staff Scientist

In September of 2016, the OSIRIS-REx mission will launch on a seven-year mission to collect a sample of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and return that sample to Earth in 2023. Over the past few decades, the number of known asteroids has exploded to nearly 700,000. LPL Staff Scientist Carl Hergenrother will explain why Bennu was selected as the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission.

Exhibits on NASA's missions: New Horizons, Dawn, and OSIRIS-REx.

Tour
The Catalina Sky Survey, which utilizes three telescopes on Mt. Lemmon to search for near-Earth asteroids, is having limited tours to see their development laboratory and remote telescope operations center. There will be only 4 tours with 8 people per tour. If you would like to go on a tour please email Maria Schuchardt, mariams@lpl.arizona.edu to sign up.
Tour times:
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Children’s Activities

Scheduled events
· Mr. Nature’s Storytime @ 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
· Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Graduate Students Egg Drop Contest Starts at 10:00 a.m., launch 11:15 a.m.
· UA Poetry Center - Write poems with a planetary theme. Learn how science can inspire poetry! 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Ongoing activities
· Pima County 4-H Rockets
· Kuiper Circle Community Outreach
· L-5 Society
· National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
· OSIRIS-REx
· Pima Air and Space Museum
· Planetary Science Institute
· Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA)

Logistics:
Food - There is no food available at this event. Please feel free to bring lunch and snacks. There will be an area for you to sit and eat.
Parking - Free parking is available at the Cherry Street garage. The garage is one block south of Kuiper Space Sciences Building. It is the square building to the left (west) of McKale Center.
Kuiper Space Sciences: Room
Monday, Jul 27–Friday, Jul 31
78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society
University of California, Berkeley
78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society