What an informative weekend Mike Thomas has planned for attendees on Oct. 15 and 16 at Western Nevada College’s Jack C. Davis Observatory!
First, on Friday night, the Northern Nevada lecturer will talk about “The Titanic.” You know, that unsinkable ship that somehow sunk five days after sideswiping an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England in 1912.
Prior to the Star Party on Saturday night, Thomas will provide a presentation on “NASA: The Early Years.” This slide-show presentation by Thomas covers the exciting years of our country’s first manned space flights. The lecture focus is on the Mercury Seven Astronauts.
In the past, Thomas has covered a wide variety of history topics such as Pearl Harbor, Atlantis and Joan of Arc, as well as science talks such as UFOs, the Milky Way and Leonardo da Vinci, and many more.
Thomas’ lectures are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors to the observatory open at 7 p.m. Note that all attendees are required to wear a face covering inside the observatory in accordance with Center of Disease Control, Nevada State and Nevada System of Higher Education guidelines.
On Saturday nights, JCDO is open to the public from sundown to 11 p.m. for Star Parties. The Western Nevada Astronomical Society hosts these parties, bringing together people with an interest in astronomy. Newcomers are welcome.
The observatory is located at 2699 Vanpatten Drive in Carson City.