Monday, December 18

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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The eighth solar system planet, Neptune, was famously predicted before being directly observed in 1846. History may be repeating itself with a new ninth planet, possibly the size of Neptune. In 2016, Planet Nine – the hypothetical giant planet in the Kuiper Belt – was predicted to follow a highly elliptical orbit around the sun. Dr. David Noevorny of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will discuss the scientific evidence for Planet Nine and the frenzy of observational efforts to detect it. This is science at its best: part theory, part observation, hand-in-hand in a quest that could change the perception of the known solar system.

Speaker: Dr. David Nesvorny is a senior research scientist in the Space Studies department at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Dr. David Nesvorny holds a master’s degree in astronomy from Charles University, Czech Republic, and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Sãn Paulo, Brazil. In 2005, Dr. Nesvorny received the Urey prize in Planetary Sciences. Nesvorny was noted for his research contributions to the dynamical evolution of small bodies in the solar system.

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