Comet Bennet (pictured) was discovered by John Caister Bennett (Pretoria, South Africa) on December 28, 1969. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed from Apollo 13 on April 14, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. (Courtesy britastro.org)
From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.
Join Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola for the new year’s first Launch Pad Lecture, Friday, January 3, at 9 a.m. on the museum’s first floor as he explores the world of comets.
Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the formation of our solar system as well as a glimpse into the deep, cold and unknown regions of our own galaxy and beyond.
The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.
The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on February 7, and the subject will be the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Pluto. A special guest speaker is pending.
The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and also available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit their website, or like their Facebook page.