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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

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 10 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started. 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. 


Date: May 7, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Hubble

Behind the Images: How Astronomical Images are Made

While there are many iconic astronomical images that inspire wonder and curiosity among us all, there is a process behind capturing those images that few among us know. Join us as we discuss the process behind capturing incredible astronomy photos and the people who build the telescopes for this specific purpose.

Lecturer Bio:

Dr. Nicholas Galitzki is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Simons Observatory at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Galitkzi, along with an international team of collaborators, is designing and building a series of new telescopes that will be installed in Chile's Atacama desert in the coming years. Dr. Galitzki did his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on a balloon-borne telescope that made observations from Antarctica. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics in 2008. However, his curiosity about the universe and inspiration to study the cosmos came much earlier when he would star-gaze from the edge of the lake he grew up by in Washington state.




History Through Science

You may have heard of the history of science, but what about looking at history through science? Join us to learn about some of the important scientific discoveries in the field of chemistry, accidental and on purpose, that changed the course of history. Featuring Dr. Shane Haggard, Assistant Professor of analytica chemistry at San Diego City College. 

Materials for Space Environments: What will it take to colonize other planets

The idea of living on Mars or other planets has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century. In the event that life on Earth becomes untenable, what would it be like to actually live there? Dr. Olivia A. Graeve will discuss the living conditions and other resources that could make the Red Planet a potential destination for pioneering colonists. Featuring Dr. Olivia A. Graeve, Professor for matrial science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego.