Rice University Observatory Open House


If in Houston, attend the Rice University Observatory Open House on Friday, January 23, from 6 – 9:30 pm. Come early to observe brilliant Venus in the west and the crescent Moon, and maybe even get a glimpse of Mercury. Later in the evening view the Orion Nebula, Comet Lovejoy, Mars, Uranus and other objects. The observatory is on the fourth floor of the Brockman Hall for Physics on the university campus.

Cosmic Explorations Lecture Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute will present “SETI: Real vs. Reel” on January 29 at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend. Join us at the LPI for this educational and entertaining event.

Spring 2015 Physics Lecture Series


The University of Houston-Clear Lake has announced its Spring 2015 Physics Lecture Series. A number of professors and researchers will be presenting talks on a variety of topics, many space-related. University credit is available for attending the series, but members of the general public not pursuing credit are welcome to attend at no charge. All lectures take place Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Student Services and Classroom Building.

Hubble’s High-Definition “Pillars of Creation”


In celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, the Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation,” three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula. A new image of the famous pillars provides astronomers with a sharper and wider view.