August 2022 Shows

Great Observatories of the World: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)

Saturdays, August 6 and 20 7:30 pm

Truly great observatories are designed and built to see things never possible before.  You probably have never heard of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, but it is making amazing discoveries nearly every day.  ALMA looks at light we can’t see with our eyes, light in between the infrared spectrum and radio waves.  This millimeter and submillimeter light from space has never been explored at the level ALMA is delivering.  As a great observatory, ALMA is challenging scientists to ask new and better questions about the origins of galaxies, stars, and planets, but is also showing the incredible power and beauty of the universe around us. This show will explain how ALMA works and take you on a whirlwind tour of stellar nurseries, protoplanetary disks, and other mind-blowing discoveries made by ALMA.

Presented by Eric Silkowski

NASA’s Artemis Program

Saturday, August 13 at 7:30pm

Through the Artemis Program NASA aims to send first woman and next man to the Moon and achieve sustainable human presence on the Moon and Beyond. A series of Space Launch System (SLS) missions will enable reaching this goal. NASA has set the launch date for the first SLS launch to be August 29th. Rocket City played a very important role in reaching this milestone. Join us to learn about the Artemis program and celebrate this important milestone.

Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha.

High Mountain Observatories

Saturday, August 27 7:30 pm

Presented by Tom Burleson