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    It’s not just your kids that need educational enrichment over the summer months. Clark Planetarium is excited to host a trio of free and engaging lectures that explore topics about our home planet and beyond. 

    So mark your calendars for Clark Planetarium’s free Summer Lecture Series and ensure that your learning never ends. Get your tickets here!


    The Economics of Climate Change
    Wednesday, May 30th
    Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

    Speaker: Robert Mendelsohn, Ph.D., professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

    Thank you to our partners, The Yale Club of Utah and The University of Utah Department of Economics

    The Search for Exoplanets and the TESS Mission
    Wednesday, June 27th
    Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

    Speaker: Jason Steffen, Ph.D., member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission and assistant professor of Physics at the University of Nevada 

    Big Black Holes
    Thursday, July 26th

    Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

    Speaker: Anil Seth, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department at the University of Utah

    For the Wednesday, May 30th lecture, Professor Robert Mendelsohn will be discussing how not all regions of the world will be affected equally by climate change. Also, he will explain how several regions may experience benefits from climate change. Likewise, he will talk about how some of the most prosperous nations on the planet will be the least harmed by climate change. Correspondingly, he will explain how poor regions of the world will be most devastated by the effects of climate change.

    Dr. Steffen will share his work with exoplanets for the second presentation on Wednesday June 27th. He will explain how NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is designed to search for exoplanets in an area 400 times larger than the previous exoplanet-focused Kepler mission. 

    On Thursday, July 26th, we will have our last installment of our Summer Lectures Series with Dr. Seth. He will talk about how astronomers find black holes, focusing on his own efforts to figure out whether galaxies much smaller than the Milky Way have black holes at the centers. This work can reveal the origins of these mysterious objects.