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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.

Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientis to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Beginning in October 2013, lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The 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. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.


SCHEDULE:


Date: July 6

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Hubble

Lecture Topic: The New Horizons Mission

New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006. It swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007 and now it’s on its way to conduct a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons this summer. The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto. The closest Pluto approach is scheduled for July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit. Jerry Hillburn will share mission details and give us insight on what to expect from the New Horizons mission.

Bio:
Jerry Hilburn is an active member in the San Diego Astronomy Association. His interests include tracking asteroids, exoplanet photometry and teaching practical astronomy techniques to budding amateur scientist. Jerry feels that the most important message we can send to children is that there is great opportunity in the future of space exploration and that they must prepare now for that future by learning, questioning, and exploring the space sciences. In addition to his public speaking role with NASA/JPL he also works to provide free star party events for nonprofit organizations and schools in Southern California.

Date: August 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Flight of the Butterflies

Lecture Topic: The Science of Aging

Throughout human history, man has searched for the fountain of youth, but what really makes us age? Why are our cells programmed to grow old? What are the effects of diet and exercise on the aging process? What are blue zones and how do they improve longevity? We will uncover many of these questions and more during our upcoming lecture on The Science of Aging by RH Gutierrez MD.

Bio:
Dr. RH Gutierrez's resume includes a Medical Doctorate, a degree in Biology and training in various martial arts. In 2003, he taught Human Anatomy at Santa Monica College. RH Gutierrez then moved to San Diego in 2007 to teach General Biology, Human Biology and Human Physiology at various colleges and taught Karate as a hobby at Sherman Heights Community Center. When San Diego State University began a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program, RH Gutierrez set up and taught the Clinical Anatomy as a founding member of the faculty. He currently owns and operates Three Coral Dojo and has recently authored two books about the Karate thematic, “Cerus and the Rarest Thing" and "Breaking Points." For more information visit: www.karatedr.com

No lecture in September due to holiday.