Talk topic: Ice Giants & Asteroids.
Plodding along their orbits, Uranus and Neptune aren’t as spectacular and colorful as Jupiter or Saturn, but they are interesting, too. Uranus and its moons are tipped at an angle of more than 90 degrees (Earth is tipped 23 and one-half degrees). How can that be?
Neptune controls the orbits of hundreds of other objects, including Pluto. Despite being one of the coldest places in the Solar System, it has the highest wind speeds – 1200mph!
We’ll also discuss the asteroids and minor planets that occupy the region between Mars and Jupiter. Instead of an orderly progression of large objects, there are hundreds of thousands of tiny ones in the main asteroid belt. Why?
Talk starts in the AB Ceder room. After the talk there will be stargazing if the weather permits. Free; open to the public. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly, as even in the summer it may be chilly.