Nov

4

2018

Exploring Your Universe 2018

Science Outreach

Location: UCLA campus - Court of Sciences
Time: 12PM

Exploring Your Universe is UCLA’s annual science festival, educating and inspiring over 7,000 visitors each year! Launch bottle rockets, make comets, do chemistry and physics experiments, touch brains, see fossils, and much more! Exploring Your Universe will also offer planetarium shows, science talks, and telescope viewings! Exploring Your Universe is free and appropriate for all ages! For more information, visit https://www.exploringyouruniverse.org/

Oct

28

2018

Prof. John Wasson

Discovery, recovery and disposition of the 3-ton Old Woman meteorite, the second largest meteorite found in the USA

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

The Old Woman meteorite was discovered by prospectors in the Old Woman Mountains NE of 29 Palms. They filed a placer mining claim. They tried to sell it to the Smithsonian but a visit to the site showed it was on BLM land and the Smithsonian/BLM claimed it. Numerous lawsuits followed; these were followed by letters to the Smithsonian from the entire California congressional delegation, who demanded that the meteorite be exhibited in California. The Smithsonian yielded and it has been in the one-room BLM museum in Barstow since 1980.

Oct

20

2018

International Explore the Moon Night

Science Outreach

Location: Roof (9th floor) of UCLA's Mathematical Sciences Building
Time: 7PM

On the evening of October 20th, 2018 from 7-9PM (weather permitting) come take part in the FREE International Observe the Moon Night (IOTMN) event on the roof (9th floor) of UCLA’s Mathematical Sciences Building. Speak with experts on the Moon, observe the Moon, Mars, and other celestial goodies first-hand with our telescopes, check out Lunar dust recovered from Apollo Missions, and learn more about the Moon and space! For more information, visit http://planets.ucla.edu/outreach/iotmn2018/

Sep

30

2018

Prof. Hilke Schlichting

Kuiper Belt Objects

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

In 1930 a small “planet”, Pluto, was discovered that had a strange orbit. The mean radius of the orbit was larger than that of Neptune, but during part of the orbit (e.g., 1979-1999) the object is closer to the Sun than Neptune. Thanks to research led by our UCLA colleague Dave Jewitt, additional “planets” with strange orbits occupying the region 30 to 50 AU from the Sun have been found. The objects largely consist of ices of water, methane and ammonia. Prof. Schlichting will talk about the formation of Kuiper-Belt objects, dynamical processes that caused their distribution in space, and relationships to comets. Picture credit: NASA

Aug

26

2018

Dr. Candace Kohl

Collection of Meteorites from Antarctic Ice Fields

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

Many very important meteorites have been collected from the “cold storage” of the Antarctic ice sheet. This continent-wide glacier is gradually moving towards the ocean; in some areas erosion by winds exposes meteorites on the surface. Candace will tell us about her experiences as a member of a collection team in Antarctica and also about participation on a team that collected a long core of Greenland ice to analyze for variations in cosmic-ray produced isotopes.