Saturday, June 3rd, 10 AM. Join us for an out-of-this-world presentation by Dan Ruby, Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium as he explains the Science Behind SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). This powerpoint presentation will focus on infrared astronomy with some safe sun viewing activities and giveaways too.
Dan Ruby is active
in ongoing planetary research involving extraterrestrial caves and
Trans-Neptunian Objects. He is trained as a NASA ambassador in heliophysics and
airborne infrared astronomy. He will be talking about tools scientists use to
explore about the vast universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere, and what we can
learn by looking outside visible light!
universe using only visible light results in a very limited view. Astronomers
observe many other types of "light" to expand our views of the
universe. SOFIA is designed to observe the infrared universe. SOFIA is the
largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that
are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. During
its planned 20-year lifetime, SOFIA also will inspire the development of new
scientific instrumentation and foster the education of young scientists and
engineers. Free and open to all.