Join Joyce Guzik after Bear Festival to learn about the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission, which has so far discovered 2,649 planets around other stars.
Second Annual Bear Festival And Planetarium Show At PEEC Saturday
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation host the second annual Bear Festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
Throughout the day, visitors can learn more about black bears at informational booths about the latest science and research on black bears from the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, New Mexico Game and Fish, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation and other organizations.
Participants can also get a free bear bell for hiking in bear country. Daryl Ratajczak will explain how bears “talk” to us at an educational booth exploring the vocalizations of black bears.
Kids can make bear puppets, adopt a tree on a hike with the Sierra Club, go on a bear-themed scavenger hunt and participate in other bear-themed activities.
At 11 a.m., the Rotary Treehouse will have its grand opening. Enjoy light refreshments from Rotary Club and participate in bear-themed activities to explore the treehouse. There will also be raffles for stuffed bears at the nature center and free stickers for kids who participate in the scavenger hunt.
Photo credit Daryl Ratajczak. Ratajczak will explain how bears "talk" to us at an educational booth exploring the vocalizations of black bears.
At 2 p.m., following the Bear Festival, explore the stellar discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium with Joyce Guzik.
The NASA Kepler spacecraft, launched in March 2009 into an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun, has so far discovered over 2,000 planets around other stars. It has also examined brightness variations for hundreds of thousands of stars, revealing many new variable star types and providing data for researchers to infer the size, mass, age and interior structure of stars, a field known as “asteroseismology.” The show will highlight a few of the many discoveries of this mission, which will come to an end when the spacecraft runs out of fuel in 2019.
Guzik is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University and has been investigating the interior structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars since 1986.
Seating is limited. Call 505-662-0460 to reserve tickets. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25
Stellar Discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission
2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25
Admission: Adults, $6; kids, $4. Planetarium events are not recommended for kids under age 4.