Active Galaxy Lecture Series on Feb. 7 at Museum of Nature and Science 2018
New Mexico State University astronomy professor Reta Beebe will present“How and What We Are Learning About Saturn and Juniper” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St.
The presentation is part of the museum’s “Active Galaxy Lecture Series.”
Beebe’s presentation, will cover recent discoveries from the Saturn Cassini and Jupiter Juno NASA space missions. Her presentation will include results from the final phase when Cassini was placed in an elongated polar orbit where, at closest approach, the craft zoomed between the upper atmosphere and Saturn’s rings several times before plunging into the planet. As the craft sank deeper, increased pressure and temperature eventually caused it to vaporize and mix with the surrounding environment.
The orbit allowed NASA to collect new information about Saturn’s rings, the planet itself, and details about the magnetic field near the planet.
Beebe’s research has involved the interpretation of data from NASA’s Planetary Exploration program. She has worked on data from Voyager, Galileo and Cassini missions, and has used the Hubble Space Telescope for a Jupiter and Saturn observing program. She currently manages the Atmospheres Discipline Node, part of NASA’s Planetary Data System, housed at NMSU.
Admission is free to the Museum of Nature and Science. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 575/522-3120, or visit: http://las-cruces.org/museums.