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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. 


SCHEDULE:

Date: February 6, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Cosmic Voyage

Lecture Topic: Half Way to Space: Ground-Based Observatories for the 21st Century

While space-based telescopes are providing essential windows on the universe, most cutting-edge astronomy work is still conducted with instruments right here on the ground. Giant telescopes with innovative designs operate from some of the highest locations on earth to answer celestial questions that couldn’t even be posed just a few decades ago. Truly gargantuan telescopes, already under construction, promise to yield even deeper astronomical knowledge in the 21st century.

 

Bio:

Dr. Steve Murray has been a space enthusiast since the Apollo era. After college, he flew in two Navy fighter squadrons, and later worked as both a research engineer at SPAWAR Systems Center and an adjunct engineering professor at the University of San Diego. He’s currently a freelance science writer and serves as a NASA Solar System Ambassador, providing astronomy and space talks to general audiences.


Date: March 6, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Everest

Lecture Topic: How Old is Sunlight?

It doesn’t take very long for sunlight to arrive here from the sun, but how long has it been “alive”? When, where, and how is a beam of sunlight born? More of a story teller than a lecturer, Peter will eventually arrive at the answers, but not without a lot of interesting twists and turns along the way. What is it like inside of a star? How does a star generate our entire spectrum of light AND all the basic elements of the Periodic Table? Why was there an argument about whether light is a wave or a particle? Why would the sunlight have an argument with you about how old it really is? There are lots of surprises in store.

 

Bio:

Peter Volkert is retired from a life of science and engineering. He has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Education. After nine years as a USAF pilot, he spent 32 years in manufacturing and quality management. Peter never stopped learning, and when he wasn’t working, he was reading books about how the universe began and quantum mechanics, and taking video courses about dark matter and chaos theory and anything else that could tell him how things work.