July 2019 was the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the surface of the Moon. In that time, the Apollo missions, a fleet of robotic probes, and observations from Earth have taught us a lot about Earth’s surprising satellite. In this non-technical talk, Andrew Fraknoi will look at the past, present, and future of the Moon, including its violent origins, the mystery of the frozen water we have found at its poles, and its long-term future as it moves further and further away from us.
Illustrated with beautiful images taken from orbit and on the surface, his talk will make the Moon come alive as an eerie world next door, as a changing object in our skies, and as a possible future destination for humanity and its ambitions.
Andrew Fraknoi recently retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches astronomy courses for seniors at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI Program at San Francisco State. He served as the Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for 14 years and was named the California Professor of the Year in 2007. Fraknoi appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. He is the lead author on a free, open-source college astronomy textbook published by the non-profit OpenStax project at Rice University, and has written two illustrated books for children and two published science fiction stories. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.
This talk is part of Chabot’s Future Fridays lecture Series. Now in its 9th season, the Future Fridays lecture Series runs in the Fall and Spring, featuring talks by prominent leaders, authors, and innovators.
For more information: https://chabotspace.org/join-and-give/support/future-fridays-lecture-series/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. These events are generously sponsored by Rudney Associates.