Free Live Virtual Shows From SMC’s Drescher Planetarium Explore Venus, Lunar Vehicles, and Exoplanets This Winter


The winter 2022 shows are: • Friday January 7 and 21 at 8 p.m. (after The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m.): “Venus, we missed you! – Associate speaker Sarah Vincent. Venus may be named after the Roman goddess of beauty, but up close the planet is an inhospitable world scorched by 800-degree heat and showers of sulfuric acid. Show will cover three upcoming missions to explore the second planet from the Sun. To free. Zoom into smc.edu/planetarium.

• Friday January 14 and 28, at 8 pm (after The Night Sky Show at 7 pm): “Roving Luna – The first extraterrestrial vehicles” – Senior lecturer Jim Mahon. While subsequent Apollo missions brought an electric rover for astronauts, the Apollo rovers were not the first to hit the moon. The early history of lunar vehicle design includes some really bizarre concepts. Show will look at the rarely seen ancestors of today’s alien rovers and some of the design concepts ever built, as well as the development of the first two rovers actually used on the Moon. To free. Zoom into smc.edu/planetarium. Submitted by Grace Smith.

Santa Monica College is a California community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

More information is available online at smc.edu/planetarium or by calling 310-434-3005. All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice. • Friday February 4 at 8 pm (after The Night Sky Show at 7 pm): “Exoplanets and how we find them” – Associate speaker Sarah Vincent. There are over 4,400 currently known planets around other stars, and the list keeps growing… but how? Show will discuss the missions and methods used to discover planets beyond the solar system. To free. Zoom into smc.edu/planetarium.

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