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World of Science Lectures

The first Friday of the month at 7pm, the Planetarium becomes a forum for a local scientist to discuss his or her specialties. All audiences are welcome!   Admission is only $2 at the door.   Teachers, group leaders, invite your classes!   If you'd like a flier to post, use this one

October 7, 2016
"How Laws, Sausages and Science Are Made: An Inside View of How Science Really Works"
Even if you like sausage, do you want to know what’s really in it? Same with science! You may not want to know how it really works. But UIUC physicist Peter Abbamonte will take us through the process and how his team took the fastest movies ever made!

November 4, 2016
"The Threat of Zika Virus and other Vector-borne Pathogens"
Where did this new virus come from and what are our odds of catching this disease in our backyards? What can we do to stop it? Learn the latest from Jim Dobbins, a viral disease epidemiologist who has worked at the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

November 15, 2016 - special edition talk!
"The Art of Yellowstone Science: Mammoth Hot Springs as a Window on the Universe"
Art and science both originate from the same human desire to understand the world within and around us. In this presentation, photographic art at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park is melded with cutting-edge natural sciences to search for common laws of nature through the power of observation and a willingness to embrace the unexpected. Biological evolution is the essential expression for this combination. This allows Mammoth to become a window on the universe, through which fundamental understandings of nature can be directly applied around the world and throughout the cosmos. Tom Murphy (Tom Murphy Photography) and Bruce Fouke (UIUC geology) will present. Their new book on this topic will be available in the lobby after the presentation. Mr. Murphy and Dr. Fouke will be happy to sign your copy!

December 2, 2016
“Cosmic Dust"
Professor emeritus Jim Kaler returns to the dome to reveal a whole new world of dust in the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe as a whole.

February 3, 2017
“Seeing Beneath the Ground: Geophysics and Recent Archaeological Explorations and Discoveries in Illinois”
How does geophysics help with archeological digs? Find out from Thomas Loebel, Cultural Resource Coordinator with the Illinois State Archeological Survey, as he discusses sites in McLean County and the French Fort DeChartes (1730).

March 3, 2017
"Observing the Worst Winter Storms East of the Rockies"
David Kristovich, department head of the Climate & Atmospheric section at the Illinois State Water Survey, will discuss some of the massive winter snowstorms we have had in the Midwest, including lake-effect events, and what new atmospheric LIDAR systems are teaching us.

March 31, 2017 - special edition talk!

'"Chasing Tornadoes"

Andrew Pritchard, meteorologist and atmospheric photographer, will share some startling images of recent tornadoes in Champaign County!   

April 7, 2017
"How the Universe Began"
UIUC Astronomer Joaquin Vieira will take us on a cosmic journey to answer one of humankind’s most vexing questions. Hear the latest on what we know (and don’t know) about the origin of it all.

May 5, 2017
"Plans for the August Total Solar Eclipse"
Hopefully you have heard about the great eclipse that will sweep through southern Illinois on August 21, 2017. Find out what is happening on that Monday afternoon, why it is happening, what you may see here in Champaign-Urbana and how to see it safely. Plus, learn how you can join the CU Astronomical Society on a trip south to be near the centerline for the event! Planetarium director, Dave Leake, will enlighten us.