Explore the Brightest Explosions in the Universe at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium Friday

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Photo caption #1: Join Nicole Lloyd-Ronning at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. for a talk about gamma-ray bursts — the brightest explosions in our universe.

Explore the Brightest Explosions in the Universe at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium Friday

Full-dome film Exploding Universe shows Saturday.

LOS ALAMOS, NM – Learn about the brightest explosions in our universe this Friday, Dec. 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium with Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning. Lloyd-Ronning will tell the audience all about the incredible phenomena that is gamma-ray bursts, which occur when a massive star dies or when two old, dense stars smash into each other. The talk begins at 7 p.m.

During her talk, Lloyd-Ronning will give an update on what we’ve learned from GW170817, a short gamma-ray burst that emitted gravitational waves detected by LIGO in 2017. Lloyd-Ronning is in the computational physicals group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and is on the physics faculty at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos. She has been interested in space since she was 4 years old and wanted to be an astronaut and has been studying gamma-ray bursts since 1997.

In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film Exploding Universe in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. This exciting film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide and protons give birth to life as we know it today. The movie dives into all that is fascinating and extreme in the progression of our Universe.

Seating is limited for both the talk and movie, so please call the nature center at 505-662-0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. Admission for both events is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

 

 

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