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An Evening Exploring the Solar System and Beyond

Pasadena, California, United States

The public is invited to join over 1,000 space scientists at the Pasadena Convention Center for an evening of science, art, and stargazing as part of the 48th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), sponsored by The Planetary Society. All events are free and open to the public. The Planetary Society will announce the winner of the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

Public talks by:
Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizon mission to Pluto
Dr. Giovanna Tinetti, University College London and Royal Society University Research Fellow
Bill Nye the Science Guy, CEO of The Planetary Society

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
6-11pm PT
Pasadena Convention Center
175 South Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Convention Center Main Exhibit Hall
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Browse an exhibition of original paintings and other works of art celebrating the beauty and wonder of planetary science, and visit our exhibit booths to see the latest books about planetary exploration and to meet representatives from observatories and NASA missions

(hosted by the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences and the European Planetary Science Congress)
Convention Center Ballroom
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Exploration of Pluto – Dr. Alan Stern
Featuring remarks from Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society

New Horizons is NASA’s historic mission to explore the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons left Earth on 19 January 2006. It made the first exploration of the Pluto system, 3 billion miles from Earth, in 2015, culminating with a highly successful flyby inside the orbits of all five of Pluto’s moons on July 14th. Hear about the history of this mission, the science and instruments, and the encounter with Pluto, including the major scientific discoveries made to date. Dr. Alan Stern is the associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Brave New Worlds: The Planets in our Galaxy – Dr. Giovanna Tinoetti

The Earth is special to us — it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. In about 20 years, more than 3,000 "exoplanets" have been discovered in distant solar systems. Come explore them with us on October 22nd! Dr. Giovanna Tinetti is a professor of astrophysics at University College London and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. She is also the winner of the Institute of Physics Moseley Medal in 2011 for pioneering the use of infrared spectroscopy for exoplanet atmospheric composition.

In front of the Pasadena Convention Center
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Join local scientists and amateur astronomers as they set up telescopes in front of the convention center to show attendees the wonders of our solar system and beyond.

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Admission is free to all events.

This event is part of Pasadena Astronomy Week (Oct 12-20). Learn more at


An Evening Exploring the Solar System and Beyond
October 20, 2016, 6:00 - 11:00 pm PST
Pasadena Convention Center
175 South Euclid Ave
Pasadena, California 91101

United States



The public is invited to join over 1,000 space scientists for an evening of science, art, and stargazing, sponsored by The Planetary Society. All events are free and open to the public.
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