Doors open at 6:15pm; Presentation begins at 7:00pm
September 13 – Cocktails & Cosmos: The Great Voyage
More than 40 years ago, two intrepid spacecraft – Voyager 1 and 2 – launched to explore the planets of our outer solar system, taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime launch window. These voyagers provided humanity with the first comprehensive look at the gas giants, and now, more than 40 years later, both spacecraft are still functioning outside of our solar system. Join us as we discuss the highlights from their journey and the scientific discoveries they are still cultivating to this day.
September 20 – Astronomy for All: Beyond Our Stellar Neighborhood
You know what the planets within our solar system look like, and you see the sun and moon every day (almost), but in this presentation we’ll be highlighting deep space objects you probably haven’t studied in a textbook. We’ll cover objects you can see for yourself with a small telescope or a pair of binoculars as well as objects far too distant to see without the help of an instrument as powerful as the Hubble. Come explore faraway worlds with us!
September 27 – Ask Albert: History of Astronomy
People have long looked to the night sky for inspiration, direction and to marvel at its beauty. Humanity is still compelled by the cosmos, but our understanding of astronomy has grown dramatically since our early civilizations. In this question-driven presentation, we’ll answer inquiries about astronomy and astrology, the movement of the cosmos, how the study of astronomy is accurately conducted, and how we verify its accuracy.
October 4 – Alabama Autumn Skies
Learn about the autumn night sky and the various objects that are visible at this time of year in this live and interactive presentation. Your personal tour guide to the cosmos will teach you to navigate through the sky and highlight constellations, planets and even some deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae. This presentation is great for all ages and is a traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick.
October 11 – Cocktails and Cosmos: Stellar Dance
Gravity: the unseen force that attracts everything (that has mass) in the universe. Join us to learn about the power that gravity has over our daily lives, from enabling you to stand on the Earth’s surface to keeping our solar system in its current orbit within the Milky Way.