On May 25, 1961, Pres. John Kennedy gave a speech to Congress challenging America to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade of the 1960's. That goal was accomplished in 2,982 days. The story is one of intense Soviet competition, setbacks and successes. Over a period of four years the program launched 33 astronauts into space, 27 to the Moon, and 12 that walked on the lunar surface. Project Apollo's legacy was to place the Earth and humans into historical context. Now there are commitments to return to the Moon, permanently. If successful, what are the new science goals?
The University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome the public to our astronomical observatory. Part of our program of public outreach is a presentation on an interesting topic in astronomy followed by a visit to the observatory. The Kentucky SkyTalk is held on the second Thursday of each month. A 50 minute program on astronomy will begin at 8:00 PM. This month’s SkyTalk will be held in room 121 of the Jacobs Science Building. The flyer from our website has a map to JSB and parking.
After the presentation, you are invited to view the sky through our 20-inch telescope, weather permitting. (Note that the starting time changes in the spring and fall.)
Free parking is available in parking structure #2 next to the observatory. With the exception of paid parking, without a valid parking permit, leaving your vehicle somewhere other than the parking structure at the observatory will result in a parking citation. The upper two floors of the Parking Structure are currently inaccessible to vehicular traffic.
All are welcome and there is no charge. Tell your neighbors. Bring your kids.
Weather Caveat: If the university closes for a weather emergency, the SkyTalk will be postponed and the observatory will not be open.
Jacobs Science Building Room 121 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY