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Astrolecture Series - Cassini's Spectacular Final Year at Saturn

Tuesday, May 15, 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM At Observation Post Offered by:

Presidio Trust

The AstroLecture Series is held every third Tuesday of the month and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in partnership with the Presidio Trust. Each lecture focuses on an astronomy related topic, and shares the latest findings and cutting edge science from noted professional astronomers, scientists, and scholars. Lectures introduce content that will engage the astronomy beginner as well as deliver a serious science fix to people with an advanced knowledge. One hour to 90 minutes of highly visual and stimulating presentation is followed by interactive an interactive question and answer session. For all ages. Sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Presidio Trust.

At this Event

With its 13-year mission at Saturn now complete, Cassini takes its place as the most spectacularly successful interplanetary mission in the history of NASA. In its final 10 months (from December 2016 to September 2017), Cassini has transformed itself into a whole new mission with its Grand Finale, including 20 close flybys off the outer edge of Saturn’s rings and 22 passes between the rings and the cloud-tops of the planet, culminating into a final plunge into the depths of Saturn. The detailed new data obtained during these maneuvers has brought Saturn’s rings, its clouds, its small inner moons, and more, into sharper focus than ever before. In this lecture, Cassini rings scientist Matthew Tiscareno will review the rich harvest of the Cassini mission.

Matthew Tiscareno received his PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, and also a Participating Scientist and imaging Team Associate for the Cassini spacecraft. Dr. Tiscareno led the discovery of small moons embedded in Saturn’s rings, and is working on a number of related projects, including how moons rotate.