So, it’s time for us to come clean….we at Sirens & Scoundrels are actually big secret space nerds. How can you possibly see pictures of the cosmos (like the ones below from NASA) and not have your mind absolutely blown away by how unfathomably complex and mysterious the universe is—and how miniscule we are amongst it? How can you not be filled with an undying thirst to want to know more—how it all came to be and why we still have so few concrete answers even with all of our advancements in technology?
If you have ever seriously wondered about the mysteries of the universe and our place in it, but signing up for an adult continuation class at a junior college with a teacher who has stopped caring about life is not really your jam…we have something wonderful to let you in on. Once a month, the Griffith Observatory holds a free space talk. Not just a talk—but a fun, lively, often hilarious roundtable of respected scientists (seriously, we had no idea scientists could be so funny) breaking down all the latest space news in a way that we mere Earthlings can understand and, yes, ENJOY.
All Space Considered is held the first Friday of every month at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater inside the Griffith Observatory. Tickets are totally free, but seats are given on a first-come first-served basis. The talks are popular and parking at the Observatory is never bountiful, so be sure to arrive early (before the sunset photo-taking crowds ascend) to make sure you give yourself enough time to park and get a good place in line. The Observatory entrance is also free, so why not get up there early, wander through the exhibits, catch the best sunset view of LA, then leisurely grab your place in line for a space talk guaranteed to BLOW YOUR MIND?
The next All Space Considered is coming up this Friday, March 4, 2016 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Regular hosts Dr. Laura Danly, Dr. David Reitzel, Anthony Cook and Patrick So will be joined by special guest Dr. Ken Carpenter from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Topics covered this month in photos & discussion are:
- Tomorrow’s space telescopes
- Black hole ringdown shakes the universe: LIGO finds gravity waves
- Welcome home Scott Kelly (the astronaut who has spent the past year living in space)
- Straight outta inverse Compton
- Pretty pictures (the best of this month’s space captures)
- March sky report
Bring your friends for a surprisingly lively and stimulating night out. Better yet, bring that special someone who you’d like to show your intellectual AND romantic side to. The grounds are open until 10pm, so be sure to check out the big telescope and lawn telescopes on your way out for a chance to get in a little stargazing, bringing those great big cosmos straight to you. Nothing makes you want to pull somebody close like being reminded of how tiny and fleeting we are in the grand scheme of things. And nothing seals a deal like knowing someone is willing to bring you the stars…
Now please take a moment to enjoy these astoundingly epic space photos.
And for all you cosmic enthusiasts out there, you can also read about the history of stargazing and the greatest astro-tourism spots from around the globe, as well as the best accessories to plan your own stargazing adventure in my new article out this month in Destinations magazine: HERE.
Space Photography & Captions from NASA
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