Verde Valley Friends of Lowell Observatory will be hosting a speaker and night sky telescope viewing event on Friday November 9th from 6 – 9 PM, $25 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Lowell Observatory 501(c)(3) educational programs. The venue is Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd in VOC.
Special guest speaker will be Dr. Will Grundy of Lowell Observatory will lecture on NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: a belt of solid objects residing beyond Pluto. Since 2006, Dr. Grundy has been a key member of the mission and leads a group a Lowell astronomer’s in their study of surface composition. His lecture will also include the upcoming January 1, 2019 flyby of Ultima Thule, a mysterious, irregularly shaped celestial body about 16 miles long, located about one billion miles past Pluto. If that mission is successful it will be the farthest object ever visited by a spacecraft.
There are a limited number of seats available for what will be a fun-filled educational evening including a raffle and refreshments. For tickets and more information please visit: https://newhorizonsspeakerevent.eventbrite.com. If you have questions or need additional information please email: vvfriendsLowellObservatory@gmail.com or 928-851-4040.