Grown-Up Science: Beer and Planet Nine

Mar 18 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Is a huge, dark, undiscovered planet still lurking out beyond Neptune? On March 18, discover one of our Solar System’s greatest mysteries at MOSI.

 

Using the latest tools in advanced astronomy technology, join MOSI’s Space Programs Director, Professor Antonio Paris, for a cold glass of beer to discuss Planet Nine, the hypothetical planet ten times larger than Earth that may be circling the Sun in the outer reaches of our Solar System.

Then, after exploring the mystery of Planet Nine, step outside to socialize and stargaze through MOSI’s telescopes on a balcony five stories above the ground. Under the stars, you’ll sample frosty beer from Brew Bus Brewing. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

The hunt for Planet Nine has been on since 2014, after astronomers noticed several newly discovered objects far out past the planet Neptune seem to have strange “wobbles” in their orbits. The most intriguing explanation for the “wobbles”: a massive unseen planet far larger than Earth is tugging on the objects as they circle the Sun.

Planet Nine has not been found or photographed, but it would be a very alien world. One trip around the Sun would take it ten to twenty thousand years, compared to one year for Earth. And while Earth’s average temperature is 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the surface of Planet Nine would average a stunning 375 degrees below zero.

Grown-Up Science: Beer and Planet Nine is Saturday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. Professor Paris’ presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Limited time pricing for advance tickets:

Nonmember: $15

MOSI Member: $10

 

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