Presentation by Dan Ruby, Director of Fleischmann Planetarium

June 3 - Presentation by Dan Ruby, Director of Fleischmann Planetarium
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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!

Studying the 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.


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