Hayden Planetarium Programs
Frontiers Lecture: A Decade at Saturn with Carolyn Porco
October 20, 2014
A glistening spaceship, with billions of miles behind it, glides into orbit around a softly-hued, ringed planet. A flying-saucer shaped machine descends through a hazy atmosphere and lands on the surface of an alien moon, ten times farther from the Sun than the Earth. Fantastic though they seem, these visions are not a dream. For seven years, the Cassini spacecraft and its Huygens probe traveled to Saturn. Their successful entry into orbit in the summer of 2004, the mythic landing of Huygens on the cold, dark equatorial plains of Titan, and Cassini's subsequent decade-long exploration of the saturnian environment have become the stuff of legend. What they have shown us, and the images they have collected, are being closely examined in the pursuit of invaluable scientific insights on the nature of this very remote planetary system. Come along for the ride with Cassini Imaging Team Leader, Carolyn Porco, and witness the sights and magic worked by these emissaries from Earth to the enchanting realm of Saturn.
More in this Series:
November 25, 2014
Explore planets, extrasolar planets, nearby stars, and the myriad galaxies that populate the universe while we fly through the 3D Digital Universe Atlas.
December 4, 2014
Experience the thrill of the next step in human space exploration as NASA’s new Orion spacecraft launches on its inaugural test flight!
December 8, 2014
Astrophysicist and scholar Martin Harwit examines how our understanding of the cosmos advanced rapidly during the twentieth century and identifies the factors contributing to this progress.
December 15, 2014
Join Hayden astronomers Steve Beyer, Joe Rao, and Ted Williams for a “sneak peak” at the nebulas, open cluster and all the other celestial objects that will be visible this winter.
December 30, 2014
With the Museum's director of astrovisualization, Carter Emmart as your guide, drift over the blue planet and witness the unparalleled beauty of the most diverse and necessary planetary system that we call home our home planet.
January 27, 2015
Interested in becoming an amateur astronomer but unsure where to begin? Ever wonder if it is even worth it to house a telescope in a crapped New York City apartment? Start your astronomical viewing in the Hayden Planetarium and prepare for the night sky.