First Fridays

The WMAP Image and Cosmic History

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Stars

WMAP. What is it anyway? Why did an image that looks like a bunch of blue green and red blobs get so famous? Join us for a look at the image that shows us what our universe was like at some of its earliest stages. This talk will look at the history of ideas behind the cosmic background microwave radiation, the initial discovery (by accident as usual) and the implications for modern astronomy. The WMAP image is a confirmation of not just the Big Bang Theory, but also of modern inflationary models of the universe.

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First Fridays: Discover the Northern Lights

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Ooky Spooky Light Show

Find out what causes the Northern Lights and how to observe them! Mike Murray, Manager of the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, will uncover the mystery of the Aurora. This immersive lecture will include full-dome time-lapse footage of the Aurora from various locations around the globe, as well as the International Space Station. Since the Northern Lights are connected to storm activity on the Sun, audiences will discover the Sun-Earth connection and why our magnetic field is key in creating this phenomenon. Mike has over 35 years of experience in the planetarium and informal science education field, producing and directing programs for museums, science centers, the National Parks and NASA.

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