Come to a New Mexico PBS Science Café! A clip from an episode of NOVA scienceNOW, Nature or a comparable program will be screened. An expert on the topic will attend to answer questions & have an open discussion with the audience.

April 2014 Science Café

Comet Encounter

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. For scientists though, comets are a great opportunity. After a year of observations, scientists waited with bated breath on November 28, 2013, as Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. It was predicted that the comet would develop a tail that would light up the skies brighter than a full moon and then slingshot around the back of the sun and emerge brighter than ever, treating the entire northern hemisphere to an unforgettable sight.

Come to the April New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a segment of Comet Encounter and then join in a discussion with Len Duda of Sandia National Laboratories. Duda will discuss his experience with spacecraft missions to comets and learn the final results of Comet ISON.
  • Speaker: Len Duda
  • Date: Saturday April 26
  • Time: 10:00 am - 12 noon
  • Location: New Mexico Museum of Nuclear Science and History
    601 Eubank, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Admission is FREE but a Reservation is Required. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to Rose Poston at 277-2396,

New Mexico PBS Science Cafes are presented with support from Sandia National Labs/Lockheed Martin. Be more curious ... be more amazed ... come to the New Mexico PBS Science Café.


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