Community Events

January

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Prescott Winter Night Sky

Fri. Jan. 17 & Sat. Jan. 18 | Various Showtimes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

Join us for a starry night in the planetarium! We will be exploring what constellations, planets, and deep sky objects will be visible this winter. There will be tips and tricks for both beginner and expert sky-gazers alike.

The show will last for approximately 35 minutes with public observing through real telescopes to following the planetarium portion, weather permitting. 

Register / Reserve Tickets Today


College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Journey Through Space & Time

Tue. Jan. 21 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

Dr. Richard Holdaway Presents: Journey Through Space & Time - The Solar System; Our Sun, the Planets, and Other Strange Things

This is part of a series of six talks covering the Global Space Program, from The Stars, Planets, Comets, and Asteroids to Overserving the Earth, Climate Change, and Future Missions.

View full course details and speaker biography

Jan. 21: The Solar System - Our Sun and the Planets, and other Strange Things (DLC)

In this talk we look at each of the 8½ Planets in our Solar System and see how alike they are and yet how they differ. We explore Mars to see why there is so much interest in sending humans there. We can marvel at recent photos of Pluto and examine what we know about other mysterious objects in our solar system including asteroids and comets.

Feb. 11: Climate Change - The Facts & The Myths We Have Learned from Space (AC1)
 
Feb. 20: Looking Down on Planet Earth (AC1)

Mar. 3: Been There; Done That. What's Next? (DLC)


96th ERAU Prescott Aviation History Presentation: Veterans Air Express - Unfolding History of a 1945 Non-Sked Adventure

Presented by Gaye Lyn 

Wed. Jan. 22 | 7:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

Veterans Air Express is the story of a merry band of men and women with undaunted energy, determination, and WW-honed aviation skills. Joining an audacious 22-year old ex-Army Air Corps gunnery instructor with a dream, they helped him found, fund, and operate a non-sked cargo and passenger airline. The absolute improbability of their very existence in the 1945 non-sked era environment, plus their accomplishments within a startlingly short time span, against forecasted and unforecasted headwinds, makes up their legacy.


Spring 2020 Science Speaker Series Event

Spectra of Eta Carinae Before the Great Eruption

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Andrews - Postdoc at University of Arizona Steward Observatory

Thurs. Jan. 23 | 12:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

The Great Eruption of Eta Car in the mid-1800s was a spectacular astronomical event, when it likely ejected 20 M⊙ of material, and was visible to the naked eye. Over the past 8 years we have been obtaining Gemini and Magellan optical spectra of these echoes, some of which have brightened, which has allowed us to reconstruct portions of the pre-eruption spectra and observe the physical state (especially the wind speed and mass-loss rate) of Eta Car prior to the Great Eruption. In this presentation, we will discuss the analysis of these echoes, and how they may challenge our assumptions about the nature of Eta Car's eruptive events, including a traditional LBV eruption scenario.

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Our Friends, The Planets

Sat. Jan. 25 | 10:00 AM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

Our Friends, The Planets takes you on an interactive trip across the Solar System. Throughout the show, we will be stopping by each of the eight planets, getting to see their unique features and learn their incredible stories. Also, look forward to special guest appearances made by the Sun and our Moon! After the show, we will be offering hands-on activities for young children possibly including topics like motion, light filtering, gravity, and more.

This show is recommended for children ages seven and under.

Register / Reserve Tickets Today


Spring 2020 Science Speaker Series Event

CCM and the Search for Sterile Neutrinos

Presented by Dr. Darrel Smith - Professor of Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Thurs. Jan. 30 | 12:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

Since the discovery of neutrino oscillations, scientists have begun to explore new physics beyond the Standard Model. The mixing of 3 active neutrinos has been studied in great detail giving rise to mass differences from 10-3 to 10-5 eV2. However, observations from short-baseline neutrino experiment show convincing evidence of a mass scale ~ 1 eV2. The Coherent Captain Mills experiment (CCM) at the Los Alamos Lujan Science Center is designed to give convincing evidence as to whether or not sterile neutrinos might be the missing link to explaining these observations. If so, sterile neutrinos might also prove to be a significant candidate for dark matter.

College of Security and Intelligence Speaker Series Event

The Constitution and Impeachment; Politics and Law from the Framers to the Present

Presented by Professor Murray Henner of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Thurs. Jan. 30 | 12:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Jack R. Hunt Student Union: Lower Hangar

Professor Henner has taught Constitutional Law at Hofstra University School of Law, The Arizona State University College of Law, The Phoenix School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and at several foreign Law Schools including those in Berlin, Leipzig and Antwerp. He is a Full Professor at ERAU’s College of Security and Intelligence and is entering into almost two decades of teaching and mentoring students in U.S. Government, International Law, Jurisprudence, Intelligence Ethics and Global Criminal Justice. He holds a Post-Doctoral (L.L.M Degree) in International Law and a Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University. 

February

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Prescott Winter Night Sky

Fri. Feb. 7 & Sat. Feb. 8 | Various Showtimes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

Join us for a starry night in the planetarium! We will be exploring what constellations, planets, and deep sky objects will be visible this winter. There will be tips and tricks for both beginner and expert sky-gazers alike.

The show will last for approximately 35 minutes with public observing through real telescopes to following the planetarium portion, weather permitting. 

Register / Reserve Tickets Today


College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Journey Through Space & Time

Tue. Feb. 11 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | 
AC1 Bldg., Rm. 107

Dr. Richard Holdaway Presents: Journey Through Space & Time - Climate Change; The Facts & The Myths We Have Learned from Space

This is part of a series of six talks covering the Global Space Program, from The Stars, Planets, Comets, and Asteroids to Overserving the Earth, Climate Change, and Future Missions.

View full course details and speaker biography

Feb. 11: Climate Change - The Facts & The Myths We Have Learned from Space (AC1)

Are we doomed? We are bombarded daily in the media, by politicians, and by so-called celebrities on the dangers of climate change. Some of the information is correct but much of it is incorrect, some of it is deliberately misleading which results in just plain wrong proposals for solving the problems posed by a changing climate. There is probably more fiction than fact in what we hear and see on our TVs and on-line. In this talk I will give a more balanced summary of the facts, the fiction, the real solutions and the fallacies, in many cases using data we have obtained from observations made from space

Feb. 20: Looking Down on Planet Earth (AC1)

Mar. 3: Been There; Done That. What's Next? (DLC)


97th ERAU Prescott Aviation History Presentation: Gliders - A World Wide New Weapon

Presented by Francois Gauthron

Wed. Feb. 12 | 7:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

Military gliders (a variation of the common glider) have been used by the military in various countries for carrying troops and heavy equipment into a war zone. They were used mainly during WWII. These aircraft, which had no engines, were towed into the air and most of the way to their target by military transport planes. Francois will cover American, British, and German gliders and help us understand how effective this new weapon was in the world military strategy.


Spring 2020 Science Speaker Series Event

Building the World's Largest Optical Telescope

Presented by Dr. Gerard van Belle - Astronomer at Lowell Observatory

Thurs. Feb. 13 | 12:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

The Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) is a six-element optical interferometer located in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. NPOI currently operates six 12-cm apertures at a time, coherently joining the six beams to synthesize an aperture with a 100-m effective angular resolving power. NPOI is upgrading its facility with three 1-meter PlaneWave PW1000 telescopes on a 432-m baseline, which will match significant gains in sensitivity to resolving power, allowing for direct measurement of stellar diameters below 100 microarcseconds. This facility will be the world's largest in terms of baseline - and angular resolution - and will pioneer new frontiers in stellar astrophysics.  Phenomenon to be explore include stellar sizes, limb darkening, spotting, and other surface morphologies.

 


The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Romance Among the Stars

Fri. Feb. 14 & Sat. Feb. 15 | Various Showtimes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

We are bringing back our Valentine's themed show from last February. If you did not see it last year, or would like to see it again, here is your chance!

The universe may be pretty cold and empty, but it is not without its spots of fire, fury, and frenzy. Join us as we travel across the cosmos this February to visit some of the most romantic spots and situations in space. By the end of our journey, we will find ourselves right at the heart of the matter, which may not be quite where you would first expect. The experience will be narrated live by Planetarium Director Eric Edelman.

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College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Journey Through Space & Time

Thur. Feb. 20 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | 
AC1 Bldg., Rm. 107

Dr. Richard Holdaway Presents: Journey Through Space & Time - Looking Down on Planet Earth

This is part of a series of six talks covering the Global Space Program, from The Stars, Planets, Comets, and Asteroids to Overserving the Earth, Climate Change, and Future Missions.

View full course details and speaker biography

Feb. 20: Looking Down on Planet Earth (AC1)

Satellite technology impacts every one of us every day of our lives. This talk on Space will discuss the power of current-day Earth Observation satellites to explore what we can see on Earth from space, how and why the Apollo 16/17 astronauts could so easily have died, how satellites aid emergency relief organizations at times of disaster, how satellite imagery is helping city planning, marine safety, how they help us monitor the weather world-wide, and what James Bond can really see on Earth from Space.

Mar. 3: Been There; Done That. What's Next? (DLC)


The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Silent Sky

Fri. Feb. 21 & Sat. Feb. 22 | Various Showtimes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

The universe is both the setting and the story in “Silent Sky," by Lauren Gunderson, a play based on the life of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and her work with a dedicated group of women, including Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, at Harvard Observatory in the 19th century. It is a tale of passion, tenacity, sacrifice, luminosity, and working to find our place in the vastness of space. This one hour cutting of the play was created by the Salina Community Theatre and was a nominee for Best Play at the 2019 American Association of Community Theatre AACTfest 2019 in Gettysburg, PA. “To be able to perform this play in this facility is a dream - a palpable fusion of art and science” – Director, Linda Miller

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The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Our Friends, The Planets

Sat. Feb. 29 | 11:00 AM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

Our Friends, The Planets takes you on an interactive trip across the Solar System. Throughout the show, we will be stopping by each of the eight planets, getting to see their unique features and learn their incredible stories. Also, look forward to special guest appearances made by the Sun and our Moon! After the show, we will be offering hands-on activities for young children possibly including topics like motion, light filtering, gravity, and more.

This show is recommended for children ages seven and under.

Register / Reserve Tickets Today


March

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Journey Through Space & Time

Tue. Mar. 3 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

Dr. Richard Holdaway Presents: Journey Through Space & Time - Been There; Done That. What's Next? 

This is part of a series of six talks covering the Global Space Program, from The Stars, Planets, Comets, and Asteroids to Overserving the Earth, Climate Change, and Future Missions.

View full course details and speaker biography

Mar. 3: Been There; Done That. What's Next? (DLC)

In this lecture series we have journeyed through time to look at the space program from 500BC to present day. We have traveled from the outer edges of the universe, to the stars and planets including our own beautiful planet, and even considered what we have learned from space about climate change. We now look to the future. This talk will review some of the new programs already underway such as the 2021 replacement for Hubble, we will examine the prospects for the first human mission to return to the Moon in 2024, and speculate on what might be further ahead such as human missions to Mars, Space Elevators, possibilities for travel to the Stars and more incredible journeys through space and time, including the next real space-race.


The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Space Next

Fri. Mar. 6 & Sat. Mar. 7 | Various Showtimes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

The journey to reach the stars began with our earliest dreams of flying, and led to landing on the moon and sending a probe to Pluto. But that's only the beginning.

Space Next offers a glimpse into tomorrow, and the possibilities of what is to come by way of private space developments and national space programs. The result is an immersive display of interplanetary excellence sure to inspire a generation of explorers, scientists, and dreamers. Come discover what's next.

This showing will be our final presentation of Space Next, so reserve your tickets today!

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98th ERAU Prescott Aviation History Presentation: Leadership, Command, and Control - The Dowding Factor

Presented by Mike Lavelle

Wed. Mar. 18 | 7:00 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Davis Learning Center (DLC) Auditorium

The summer of 1940 brought the greatest air battle in history to the skies above England, the Battle of Britain. How did the Royal Air Force overcome what seem like overwhelming odds against Germany’s Luftwaffe? What stopped the German air offensive? Was it, British planning, command structure, aircraft, leadership or was it the Luftwaffe’s aircraft limited capabilities, undefined mission objectives, and lack of leadership? Did the RAF win or did the Luftwaffe withdraw from their offensive? These and other questions will be address as the presentation reflects on the leadership of Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding and lessons that apply today as they did 80 years ago!


The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium Presents: Arizona Philharmonic - A Celestial Spring

Fri. Mar. 20 | 6:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

While spring certainly can be about flowers blooming, it also can be about the shining of specific stars. We will explore the night sky ushered in by spring –investigating myriad constellations, planets, and deep sky objects. This live performance will feature stellar musicians of Arizona Philharmonic performing Vivaldi and other seasonal favorites, with cosmic narration by Planetarium Director Eric Edelman.

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