Northern Nevada science and history lecturer Mike Thomas will discuss the USS Panay and the moon during October presentations scheduled for Western Nevada College’s Jack C. Davis Observatory.
On Friday, Oct. 12, Thomas will talk about the “USS Panay,” the U.S. Navy gunboat that Japan sunk in 1937 while it was anchored in the Yangtze River in China. At the time, the U.S. and Japan were not at war.
Thomas will also provide a lecture on “Moon 2018” on Saturday, Oct. 13. He will provide an update on moon exploration, including current and upcoming missions.
The lectures are free to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
There is always something happening on Saturday nights at the observatory. When lectures aren’t planned, the observatory is open to the public from sundown to 11 p.m. These Saturday nights are referred to as Star Parties and are led by the Western Nevada Astronomical Society, which brings together people with an interest in astronomy.
Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.