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Special Mars Talk and Telescope Night

Friday, September 14, 2018,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory • 1000 Oman Drive • Brentwood, TN 37027
  • Room: back patio and throughout observatory

At 7:00 pm: Vanderbilt's Dr. David Weintraub will discuss Mars exploration based on his new book Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go (Princeton University Press, 2018) which has been praised in reviews by TIME and the Science Christian Monitor. "David Weintraub tells why, of all the celestial bodies in our solar system, Mars has beckoned to us the most. He traces how our ideas about life on Mars have been refined by landers and rovers, terrestrial and Mars-orbiting telescopes, spectroscopy, and even a Martian meteorite. He explores how finding DNA-based life on the Red Planet could offer clues about our distant evolutionary past, and grapples with the profound moral and ethical questions confronting us as we prepare to introduce an unpredictable new life form—ourselves—into the Martian biosphere." A question and answer session will follow.

Books will be available to purchase and have autographed, including his other titles Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It?, How Old Is the Universe? (Princeton), and Is Pluto a Planet?: A Historical Journey through the Solar System (Princeton).

At approximately 8:15 pm (after the talk ends): Second Friday Telescope Night. The Dyer Observatory telescopes will be set up for gazing at the red planet and other heavenly bodies (weather permitting), and the observatory will be open for viewing exhibits and speaking with astronomers. The format is "open house" so you may arrive and depart any time during the event. Suggested for ages 8 and up.

You may attend one or both events on the same ticket. IF THIS EVENT SELLS OUT, WE MAY OPEN A WAITING LIST THE WEEK OF THE EVENT TO RELEASE ADDITIONAL TICKETS.

Please note:

  • The Seyfert Telescope is located on the second floor of the observatory. There are twenty steps leading to the second floor.
  • For the safety of all observatory guests, closed-toe footwear must be worn.
  • Vehicles larger than a standard-size school bus will not fit through the gate.
  • You do not need to bring a printed ticket; there will be a guest list at the gate.
  • Alert the parking attendant at the gate if you have special parking needs.
  • If your plans change and you can not attend, please let us know so we may release the space to someone else.       

Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus)       

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/vanderbilt-university-dyer-observatory-2143130631

Cost:  $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee.) Each person must have their own reservation.

NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead.

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. THIS IS A CLEAR OR CLOUDY EVENT.

photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech