Northern Nevada lecturer Mike Thomas will kick off the new year with free talks on Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 at Jack C. Davis Observatory on the Western Nevada College campus in Carson City.
On Jan. 11, Thomas will focus on “The Odyssey,” Homer’s epic poem about the adventures of Odysseus following the Trojan War.
The following night, Thomas will give a presentation on “Artificial Intelligence” and the threat that computers and machines could possibly have on the future of humans.
Both free lectures begin at 6:30 p.m., with doors to the observatory opening at 6 p.m.
Thomas has been providing free lectures at the observatory for more than a decade.
On Saturday nights when lectures aren’t scheduled, the observatory is open to the public from sundown to 11 p.m. At this time, the Western Nevada Astronomical Society hosts Star Parties, bringing together people with an interest in astronomy.
The observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.