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Introduction to Astronomy: Part 2, Planets and Exoplanets

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 07:30pm
$20.00 per adult and $15.00 for seniors (62+) and youth under 18.
Robert Ferguson Observatory
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, California 95452
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The Robert Ferguson Observatory presents a series of Astronomy sessions on April 9, April 16, May 7, and May 14.


Introduction to Astronomy: Part 2, Planets and Exoplanets


This four-part series introduces you to the fundamentals of astronomy, recent discoveries about our solar system, the evolution of stars, and the origin and future of our Universe. Each class lasts about an hour and is geared towards the layperson. After class, you can peer into the depths of space using the observatory's three large telescopes, guaranteed to be a unique and enriching experience.


What do recent space missions tell us about the planets and moons in our Solar System? Why is Pluto a Dwarf Planet? Are there really planets around other stars? What is the possibility of life out there beyond the Earth? In this session, we'll journey through our Solar System, examining the strange environments on each planet and on many of the significant moons. We'll look to other stars in the search for planets in the Goldilocks zones that could possibly harbor life, and review the Drake Equation for estimating intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.