Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 18:30
Event Host: 
Geophysical Laboratory

Our Broad Branch Road Spring Neighborhood Lecture Series continues with GL's own Stephen Elardo.  Elardo will present, "The Roadside Geology of Earth’s Moon.

If you enjoyed this summer’s spectacular total solar eclipse, you have the Moon to thank for it! But Earth’s only natural satellite and closest cosmic neighbor does a lot more than occasionally block out the sun in dramatic fashion. It controls ocean tides, gives us stable seasons and climates, and in 4 million years it will finally eliminate the need for February 29th!  Eclipses may be the Moon’s most theatrical display, but to a scientist the real treasure is what the Moon can tell us about Solar System history. 

Have you ever wondered what you’re looking at when you look at the Moon in the night sky? Is the Moon’s forever-hidden far side different? Does the Moon have the same types of rocks as Earth? What did we find when we went there? Are we ever going back? In this talk, Steve will take you on a tour of the geology of Earth’s Moon. We’ll take a stroll through what you can see, look at the fascinating features that you can’t see, dive into the Moon’s interior, jump into the past to find out how it came to be, and take a peek at what’s on the Moon’s horizon. 

The Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with Carnegie scientists at our campus in northwest Washington DC. These lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour, followed by a brief question and answer period. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments. The campus is located at the intersection of Broad Branch Road and 32nd Street in northwest Washington, DC. Parking is available on campus and accessible via Jocelyn and 32nd Streets. Street parking is permissible.  The campus is a short, three-block walk from Connecticut Avenue and two blocks south of Military Road. For directions, click here.

Registration is strongly recommended.  Register here.

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