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DPS 48 / EPSC 11 Meeting Public Events

The joint 48th meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) and 11th European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in Pasadena, California, is second time these meetings have been joined into one. The goal of the joint meeting is to strengthen international scientific collaboration in all areas of planetary science.

The DPS and EPSC are inviting you to "An Evening Exploring the Solar System and Beyond" on Thursday, 20 October, at the Pasadena Convention Center. All of these events are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the evening includes:

The Art of Planetary Science & Exhibit Hall

Convention Center Main Exhibit Hall
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Browse an exhibition of original paintings and other works of art celebrating the beauty and wonder of planetary science, and visit our exhibit booths to see the latest books about planetary exploration and to meet representatives from observatories and NASA missions.

DPS/EPSC Public Lecture - Sponsored by The Planetary Society

Convention Center Ballroom
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Exploration of Pluto – Dr. Alan Stern
New Horizons is NASA’s historic mission to explore the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons left Earth on 19 January 2006. It made the first exploration of the Pluto system, 3 billion miles from Earth, in 2015, culminating with a highly successful flyby inside the orbits of all five of Pluto’s moons on July 14th. Hear about the history of this mission, the science and instruments, and the encounter with Pluto, including the major scientific discoveries made to date. Dr. Alan Stern is the associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Brave New Worlds: The planets in our galaxy – Dr. Giovanna Tinetti
The Earth is special to us — it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. In about 20 years, more than 3,000 "exoplanets" have been discovered in distant solar systems. Come explore them with us on October 22nd! Dr. Giovanna Tinetti is a professor of astrophysics at University College London and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. She is also the winner of the Institute of Physics Moseley Medal in 2011 for pioneering the use of infrared spectroscopy for exoplanet atmospheric composition.


In front of the Pasadena Convention Center
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Join local scientists and amateur astronomers as they set up telescopes in front of the convention center to show attendees the wonders of our solar system and beyond.

Pasadena Astronomy Week

16 - 20 October sponsored by the City of Pasadena