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Lecture: 2015: A grand year for dwarf planets

When:Th 24-09-2015 20:00 - 21:00
Where:Infoversum, Vrydemalaan 2, Groningen

Full dome theater Infoversum and the Blaauw Observatory organize a special lecture on Thursday, September 24 at 20:00 by dr. Michael Mueller on '2015: A grand year for dwarf planets'.

You may not have heard of 'dwarf planets' before, but you've certainly seen the pictures in the news: think of the 'heart' on Pluto or the surprising pyramid-shaped mountain on Ceres.  They were produced by two ongoing, spectacularly successful space missions, both targeting dwarf planets in 2015. Dawn arrived at Ceres, the largest asteroid, in March and continues its study in ever-closer orbits. New Horizons flew by Pluto and its four moons in July, after nine years of interplanetary cruise.

In this talk, we will present the mission highlights so far. Under the Infoversum's impressive Full Dome, we will see precipitous canyons, jagged mountains, black dunes, and glaciers made from nitrogen. We will discuss what this reveals about the evolution of the Solar System, about water on Earth, and just what Walt Disney has to do with all of this.

Dr. Michael Mueller is a planetary researcher at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He studies asteroids and Kuiper belt objects (asteroid 17779 Migomueller was named in his honor) and supports the ground segment of the space-based observatories Herschel and JWST.

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This lecture will take place on Thursday, September 24 20:00 - 21:00 at the Infoversum, Vrydemalaan 2 in Groningen. The lecture will be in English. Tickets are available for €7,50 p.p. via or at the reception of Infoversum. You can also join the Facebook event.

This event is organized by the Infoversum in association with the Blaauw Observatory of the University of Groningen.