Dwarf-planet focus of science discussion at Café Scientifique

The last planet in the solar system: visiting Pluto starts at 7 p.m. on May 8 at the Solstice Café, 529 Pandora Ave.

When the New Horizons spacecraft was launched on Jan. 19, 2006, the NASA press release said it was “headed for a distant rendezvous with the mysterious planet Pluto almost a decade from now.”

But even travelling at nearly 16 kilometres per second, the space craft will never reach its initial goal – Pluto lost its planetary status in August 2006. However, it is considered a keystone object in the Kuiper belt.

At the next Café Scientifique event JJ Kavelaars of the National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics and the University of Victoria’s physics and astronomy department will lead an informal discussion on what we know about the belt, what scientists are hoping to learn from New Horizons and what might have triggered the emergence of life on Earth.

The last planet in the solar system: visiting Pluto starts at 7 p.m. on May 8 at the Solstice Café, 529 Pandora Ave.

The talk is free and open to the public.

editor@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

420 celebrations turn over new leaf at B.C. legislature

Cannabis is legal for the first time in the 21-year existence of the 420 event in Victoria

VIDEO: ‘Stewie the Starfish’ mascot revealed at Premier League kickoff party

Pacific FC kickoff party scores in Victoria Inner Harbour

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake returns to Langford

Annual fundraising event held from April 26 to 28

Report calls on Saanich to expand multicultural programming at recreation facilities

Report also notes that Saanich could do more for sexual minorities.

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Most Read