The Cassini space probe’s 13-year exploration of Saturn stands as the most successful interplanetary mission in NASA history. Its "Grand Finale” (with dives off the outer ring edge, and between inner rings & cloud tops) culminated with a death-plunge into Saturn’s depths. Insights earned during these maneuvers bring Saturn's complex glory into focus as never before.
Our speaker, Dr. Matthew Tiscareno, is Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute's Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.
Dr. Matt Tiscareno
Mt. Tamalpais State Park closes at sunset; on July 13th, that's ~ 8:30pm. Only vehicles with an Astronomy Program parking pass will be admitted thereafter:
- Print a FREE Astro Program parking pass at this Eventbrite website.
- After sunset, vehicles lacking a parking pass may be cited.
- Vehicles can exit the Park until 10:30pm; after that, remaining vehicles may be cited.
This event is presented, admission-free, by Wonderfest, the Friends of Mount Tam, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Optional sky tour and telescope viewing will follow the lecture.
Bring a flashlight and — even though mountaintop weather (above the fog) can be warmer than down at sea level — wear warm clothes in layers. If rain or wildfire threatens, call 415-455-5370 after 3:30pm on event day to learn about event status.