Pluto is a former planet far, far away in our solar system. What do we know of this icy rock? Not much, because it has, until recently, only been resolved by Hubble and even then was a mere pixelated blob. But NASA has sent out a space probe called 'New Horizon' that is exploring this cold outpost in our solar system.
Dr D Brown (NTU) will be introducing us to this mission to Pluto in his talk Expanding our Horizons - A look at Pluto. We will find out how we managed to travel the vast distance and then what science we will carry out. Also we will hear how this can further our understanding of our solar system. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.
The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Expanding our Horizon – A look at Pluto in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the Summer sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.
The event is free and open to all. To book your place please go to the website, http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/events/9/home.aspx/event/170311/default/open_dome_event_-_expanding_our_horizon_-_a_look_at_pluto