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2020 Lecture Series


The term “20-20” is a synonym for having clear vision.  For the year 2020 the Drake Observatory lecture series will present a clear vision of our Solar System.  During the coming year we will follow the birth, formation, exploration and subsequent fanciful missions to the far reaches of our solar system including a stop at each of the planets, dwarf planets and some of the comets.


Lectures begin at 8:00 pm  |  Sky Viewing begins at dark, if clear |  Admission is free and open to all


Spring:    “On The Orion Spur” The formation of a solar system and its evolution.

Summer: “Taking A Closer Look” The actual investigation of our Solar System by probes.

Fall:         “Potatoes On Mars / Tube Worms on Titan” Living environments on the other celestial bodies.



Spring Lecture Series


On The Orion Spur


March 20:     Happy Birthday:   A 3rd Generation star that formed in some backwater subdivision of a medium sized galaxy with all the “right stuff” to make us.

March 27:     Gravity Wells and Bathtubs:   A close look on how to construct a Solar System.

April 3:          Spinning Globes of Glowing Goo:  Planets start off looking the same, but are quickly separated by their make-up.

April 10:        A Fortuitous Hit: Weighing more than twice all the other planets combined there are times when being the bully is a good thing.

April 17:        A Violent Childhood:   Growing up in a new neighborhood can be difficult.

April 24:        Epochs Of Change:   The most consistent feature of our solar system is change. Change starts and ends with the Sun.

May 1:            The Miracle Of Water:   Once believed to be only on the Earth, this complex molecule has been found everywhere.

May 8:            Other Solar Systems:  It has been shown that virtually every star has a solar system. 





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