* March 16:Beginnings: How do we know there was a “Big Bang”
and not a Wimpy Sigh?
* March 23: An Unlikely Hook-up: Gravity and Nucleosynthesis. Making lead into gold and uncontrolled thermonuclear annihilation.
* March 30 Another Beginning! Super Nova, nebulae, and Solar Systems. The formation of galaxies and the life of a star.
* April 6 Clouds of Life: 2nd generation stars with heavier elements, right for life. The elements of life, A precarious balance.
* April 13 What’s The Matter?. A close look at what we cannot see and makes up almost a third of the universe.
* April 20 Expanding Strings: In spite of gravity, our observable universe is expanding faster and faster.
* April 27 Is There An Anti-me? Multi-verses, quantum entanglements, and infinite possibilities.
* May 4 It’s About Time: Is time physical? Can time be stopped or even made to go backward? How long is time?
Skyviewing begins at dark, if the weather is clear.
This series is free and open to the public.
The Drake Municipal Observatory is operated jointly by the City of Des Moines and Drake University. It is located on the grounds of the Waveland Golf Course (4908 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311) at the highest point in Des Moines.
It is open to the public during our Public Night series held on Friday nights in spring, summer and fall.
The observatory contains an eight and a half inch refracting telescope which was built in 1894 and donated by Francis Marion Drake, the namesake of Drake University. The observatory was built in 1920-21 and was made possible due to the cooperation of the City of Des Moines and Drake University. While the city supplied the land and the funds to build the observatory, the university provided the scientific instruments and staff.