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4th Annual Lecture Series: "Taking Your Family to Ultima Thule"
Start Date: 10/19/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/19/2018End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description

What will humanity find one billion miles beyond Pluto?

Dr. Mark Showalter, a world-renowned planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and discoverer or two of Pluto's moons, is also a member of NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft's science team.

Dr. Showalter and his team will be taking the people of Earth 1 billion miles beyond Pluto on New Year's Eve/Day when the New Horizon's spacecraft reaches a never-before-explored-region of our solar system.  This body has been named "Ultima Thule", which means "beyond the known world," a designation that hints at the scientific value of encountering a world that is the farthest of any humanity has ever visited, and finally seeing the nature of this world so far from Earth that it is unresolvable from this distance.  Ultima Thule is smaller than Pluto's moon Charon, but larger than comet P67 that the Europeans landed on during the Rosetta mission in 2015; hence, Ultima Thule is the missing body in our understanding of how our solar system formed.  It represents a relic and likely pristine class of celestial body, whose natures are unknown, and tells us about conditions during the beginning of the formation of our star's planetary system.  

In 2015, Dr. Showalter began the now acclaimed VVC Lecture Series by taking students of our region and their families, as well as members of the public to Pluto!  Once the New Horizon’s spacecraft, for the first time in human history, greeted little Pluto in July of 2015, we learned it is an incomparable world with as much variety in geological processes that have both mystified and enlightened scientists, as any of the designated primary planets in our solar system.

Now, the time is fast approaching on New Year’s Day of 2019, for this unprecedented mission, New Horizons to take humanity to Ultima Thule, the first time we will have ever visited an object of its kind in the Kuiper Belt.  Related to the comets, but not thought to have formed in the same region as they, little Ultima Thule will be ironically, the largest, most distant, and most primitive body ever encountered by a spacecraft!

On October 19, 2018, Dr. Showalter will be here for members of the public and students of all ages throughout the region and their families, who will one day strive to reach for the stars in their chosen fields, quite possibly in good part, because of his efforts to be certain to share this event with each of them. Dr. Showalter will share his latest research results with the students, and prepare them for a front row seat at the end of the year, when humanity will know the nature and true appearance of what is beyond the known world. Ultima Thule will accomplish what humanity strives to know; it will tell us more about our origins and hence the future of exploration and our existence, from the edge of the Sun's realm.

It is thrilling to know that Dr. Showalter will allow students of our region to take their families to Ultima Thule a billion miles beyond the newly known world of beloved Pluto, on the evening of October 19, 2018 at the VVC Performing Arts Center, in this 4th of the VVC's acclaimed Lecture Series!  Coincidentally, Dr. Showalter began the lecture series 75 days before the New Horizon’s spacecraft had its closest approach to Pluto and is now returning 75 days before the spacecraft encounters Ultima Thule, at the 4th lecture in Victor Valley College’s prestigious Lecture Series! 

There is a seat waiting for you, to assure your place in the history of the exploration of Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day.  Don’t miss it! Bring your family to Ultima Thule on October 19, 2018 @7 pm at Victor Valley College’s Performing Arts Center! This event is free and open to the public and students and their families of our region. Arrive early!  Seating is limited.

Location Information:
Victor Valley College - Performing Arts Center  (View Map)
18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395
San Bernardino
Phone: 760-245-4271
Room: Main Stage
Ultima Thule Poster
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