Unidentified Flying Objects, meteors, and man’s migration to space are topics of discussion coming to the Western Nevada College Jack C. Davis Observatory in upcoming Saturdays. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the free 7:30 p.m. events.
Historian and lecturer Mike Thomas will talk on “Colonizing Space” on Saturday, Aug. 13. Learn about the U.S. space plans for the eventual exodus of mankind to new worlds.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, Thomas will speak on “The Roswell UFO Incident.” It focuses on the possibility that an alien spaceship crashed near Roswell, N.M., in 1947. He will show a number of photos that he took at the crash site.
Retired NASA scientist Marla Moore leads a discussion on “Meteors. Rocks from the Sky” on Saturday, Sept. 24. Moore, who teaches Planetary Astronomy and Astrobiology at WNC, will speak about recent and past impact events on Earth, as well as what meteors are made of and where they come from. The discussion on asteroids also includes NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission exploring the asteroid Benu.
A hands-on crater-making demonstration concludes the lecture.
The observatory offers free Saturday evening star viewing by telescopes, beginning at sunset.
The Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City. For more information, phone the observatory at 775-445-3311.