The Great American Eclipse: Be a Part of History

 An Evening with Dr. Doug Roberts

On August 21, 2017 up to 500 million people in North America will be able to experience a solar eclipse either in its partial or total phase. In this unique event the shadow of the Moon will cut a 70-mile wide path across the entire country, the first time for a continent-wide eclipse in almost a century.  For those lucky enough to be in the path of totality, they will experience mid-day twilight and see the ethereal corona surrounding the disk of the Sun. In this talk, Dr. Doug Roberts, an active astronomer and the Chief Technology Officer at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, will discuss the science and wonder of eclipses and provide some pointers for seeing this very special one!

Dr. Doug Roberts joined the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in late 2016 as its first Chief Technology Officer. There he manages the technical aspects of the Museum and is focused on using technology in innovative ways to bring science and history to Museum guests. This involves using existing technology, such as the Noble planetarium, as well as introducing new technology in exhibits, such as DinoLand. Roberts is also engaged in active research using telescopes like the Very Large Array radio telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope to understand the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

6:00 PM

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater

This event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.

The lecture is SOLD OUT.

Image Courtesy of Dennis di Cicco / Sky & Telescope



When Rocks Attack: Defending Earth From Asteroids

 An Evening with Dr. Tom Jones
Opening Remarks by Danica Remy

Danica Remy will briefly introduce the audience to Asteroid Day, the Asteroid Day Expert Panel and key players who are driving asteroid science and discovery around the world and how you can get involved. Then, astronaut and planetary scientist, Dr. Tom Jones, will explain the hazards of an asteroid collision with Earth, what technologies we may use to protect our home planet and how to turn the asteroid hazard into valuable resources to boost our economy and our exploration of the solar system.

Dr. Tom Jones is a scientist, author, pilot and veteran NASA astronaut. In more than eleven years with NASA, he flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. Dr. Jones' awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Public Service award, Phi Beta Kappa, the Air Force Commendation Medal and Distinguished Eagle Scout. The Main Belt asteroid 1082 TomJones is named in his honor.

Danica Remy has successfully led operations for cutting edge organizations and has expertise in strategy, information technology, facilities, human resources, finance and government relations. Remy currently serves as President of B612 Foundation, which leads private sector efforts in research, analysis and systems design to protect Earth from asteroids. Danica also co-founded Asteroid Day, a United Nations recognized international day of awareness and education about asteroids and planetary defense.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater

This event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.

Registration will be available soon.


Fun Fact
The rolling loop projector--the heart of the IMAX film system--was invented in the 1960's by Ron Jones, a machinist and camera builder from Brisbane, Australia.

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