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Talk and Discussion: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 1:00 AM - 2:30 AM


Web destination SpeakEasy is presenting an on-line talk by (and discussion with) astronomer/educator Andrew Fraknoi, entitled:
“Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-Daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System.”

For more information and to reserve a spot, see:
https://www.speakeasy.com/event/tourist-sights-solar-system

The tour will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Stops will include the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered salt-water steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus (nicknamed “Cold Faithful.”). The tour will finish with the latest images of the eerie vistas on Pluto.

Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI program at SF State. Fraknoi has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language, and was the California Professor of the Year in 2007. He is the lead author of a college astronomy textbook (Astronomy from OpenStax) and a children's book, When the Sun Goes Dark. He also writes science fiction and has had three stories published in the last few years. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science. See: http://fraknoi.com for more about his work.

Cost: $15

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