April 18th, 2011

palomar telescope

An Evening With Michael Byers and the Discovery of Pluto

Here's a don't-miss event tomorrow night at KU:

Tuesday April 19
6:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Kansas Student Union Ballroom, Level 5

Author Michael Byers discusses his novel, Percival's Planet, which was inspired by the true story of Kansan and noted astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto. Byers talk will be introduced by Steven A. Hawley, KU Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former NASA astronaut.

The Ballroom event will also feature a guided astronomy display including Tombaugh artifacts, presented from 6:30 p.m. by the KU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Following the talk, Michael Byers will sign his books. Click here to read a sample from his book, published in the New York Times.

The event will conclude with a telescope viewing session on the Kansas Union 6th floor deck (weather permitting).

Click the image to see more about Pluto.

I'll be there right after class!