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Galaxy Club

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!  

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
"How the Universe Began"
UIUC Astronomer Joaquin Vieira will take 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.

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.

April 7, 2017
"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.

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.