Citizen Science: Exploring Pluto, Charon and the outer reaches of the solar system
In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past icy Pluto and Charon and sent back the first images of these objects in the furthest outskirts of our solar system.
Join Professor Francis Nimmo of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UCSC in a review of what we now know about Pluto and Charon, and how the study of these bodies has evolved. He will also discuss the images received over the New Year from the much smaller icy object Ultima Thule.
Thursday • April 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Francis Nimmo is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from St John's College, Cambridge University, UK. He has worked at the California Institute of Technology, University College London, and UCLA. He joined the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2005.
He has made significant contributions to the understanding of the internal structure and evolution of icy bodies of the solar system and the resulting influence on their surface processes. He was awarded the 2018 Paolo Farinella Prize from the Europlanet Society for his contributions to understanding of the internal structure and evolution of icy bodies in the solar system. Nimmo investigated the internal processes that affect plume activity at Enceladus' southern polar region, suggesting that shear heating is at the origin of the plumes and heat flux on this moon of Saturn. He has also studied other moons of giant planets, including Europa, Ganymede, Titan, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Triton, and others.
Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).
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