March 08, 2013

Phil Plait on Asteroids

A few weeks ago, astronomy was back in the news after a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring scores of people, the same weekend that an asteroid narrowly missed the Earth. Phil Plait writes about these kinds of phenomenon for his Slate blog, Bad Astronomy. He says that, while we should be worried about extraterrestrial threats, in the end, there's only so much that we can prepare. Phil Plait is speaking at the University of Illinois on Friday, March 8th.

May 30, 2012

The Transit of Venus

David Leake, Staerkel Planetarium Director; Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Parkland College
Illinois Public Media's Craig Cohen speaks with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake about the "Transit of Venus." The planet will pass across the sun for six hours, beginning at 5:09pm the evening of Tuesday, June 5th, and then not again until the year 2117. Parkland College invites the public to view the transit using Staerkel Planetarium telescopes. The public is invited to park in the C-4 parking lot on the west side of Parkland College, and south of the planetarium, and then walk to the telescopes

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