Space lectures at Longway Planetarium

FLINT — Join us at Longway Planetarium for a series of lectures about space. These events are suitable for ages 10 and older and are provided free, through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

For more information about any of the programs, please call 810-237- 3400 or visit

2012: Fact or Fiction Guest Speaker: Dr. Pat Durrell,

Youngstown State University. Feb. 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., talk starts at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A.

There has been a lot made of the date Dec. 21, 2012 — the end of one cycle of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Any of a number of doomsday scenarios have been said to occur on that day, usually assuming some type of astronomical catastrophe. This talk will visit the various misconceptions concerning the destruction of the world in 2012 and separate the fiction from the facts. Suitable for 10 and older.

The Universe Through Superman’s Eyes

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rajib Ganguly, University of Michigan-Flint. March 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., talk starts at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A.

Superman has X-ray vision. So what does he see? Well, the night sky from the surface of the Earth does nothing for him, since X-rays (thankfully) don’t penetrate the atmosphere. Above the atmosphere, he can see some neat things, though — come to Longway Planetarium to find out. Suitable for 10 and older.

Cosmic Castaways

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Feldmeier, Youngstown State University. April 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., talk starts at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A.

Most stars in the universe lie within galaxies. However, an unlucky fraction of stars are actually formed within galaxies, then are flung away from their original homes to roam the spaces between the galaxies. These cosmic castaway stars tell us much about galaxy’s form and change over time. I will also show some scenes from an upcoming digital movie about these lonely stars. Suitable for 10 and older. — G.G.

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