Home AboutUs Directions Upcoming Previous Links



October 28th, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Kirkwood, MO

Update on New Horizons and Pluto:
Battle of the Dwarf Planets

William B. McKinnon, Ph.D.

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

“There are no coincidences”
—Chinese fortune cookie

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, and images and other data have been streaming back from deep space ever since. Pluto and its big moon Charon have proved to be surprisingly photogenic—indeed fascinating and perplexing. But maybe that's what happens when a planet changes from an astronomical object to a geological world. This year is also the “year of the dwarf planet,” and NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the largest asteroid, Ceres, since March. Ceres is interesting, too, in its own battered and beat up way, and may even have a secret association with Pluto and the Kuiper belt! I will catch everyone up on these ongoing space missions, and the emerging picture of our Solar System's wild youth.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.
105 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirdwood, MO 63122

Register to receive e-mail announcements of future Science On Tap events.

Interested in learning about medicine? Check out Washington University's Mini-Medical School!

For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495

drupal hit counter