The lecture, titled “Death and Taxes,” is free and open to the public. It will be held at 8 p.m. at the Drake Municipal Observatory, 4898 Observatory Road in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines.
The Drake Municipal Observatory series, presented every Friday through May 6, consists of non-technical, illustrated presentations by Herbert Schwartz and Charles Nelson of Drake’s Physics and Astronomy Department.
Each discussion will be followed by the opportunity to view stellar objects through the observatory’s large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes.
This semester, Nelson and Schwartz will discuss:
* April 22: “Searching for Earth II” — What are the chances of finding another Earth-like planet with the capabilities to sustain life?
* April 29: “Probing the Long Waves” — How do radio telescopes gather information?
* May 6: “Star Hopping” — Explore the stars without computers or batteries.
The programs are held regardless of the weather, although the selection for observation is subject to change due to sky conditions or other special circumstances. Individuals, families and small groups are welcome to attend the presentations. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.
For more information, contact Drake’s Department of Physics and Astronomy at 515-271-3141.
The Drake Municipal Observatory 2011 Lecture Series: “Death and Taxes”
The lecture will focus on the fundamental forces of nature that have been in place since the beginning of time.
When: Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m.
Where: The Drake Municipal Observatory, 4898 Observatory Rd. in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines.
Cost: Free and open to the public.