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Astronomy Program: Exploring Beyond Pluto

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Dr. Larry Marschall, professor of physics, emeritus, at Gettysburg College, will present “Exploring Beyond Pluto” on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Visitors Center at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The program is free and open to the public.

On New Years Day 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft accomplished a planned rendezvous with 2014 MU69 (also called Ultima Thule), the most distant object in our solar system ever visited by a spacecraft.

“Three and a half years earlier, in July 2015, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto, sending back striking and informative closeup views of that distant dwarf planet,” Marschall said. “2014 MU69 lies beyond Pluto, in a region of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, and because of its immense distance, practically nothing is known about it.” 

In this presentation, Marschall will show some of the first glimpses of this previously unexplored region of space.

“Based on our experience with New Horizon’s first views of Pluto,” he said, “there will, no doubt, be many surprises.”

A professor of astronomy and physics for many years, Marschall was a visiting research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and at Yale University Observatory. He wrote The Supernova Story, published by Princeton University Press. Marschall has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Chicago.

A question-and-answer session will follow Marschall’s presentation. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Image credit: NASA, posted on SpaceFlight Insider.

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February 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Renfrew Institute
(717) 762-0373


Visitors Center, Renfrew Park
1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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