4898 Observatory Road
Des Moines, IA 50311
Summer 2018 Lecture Series
Lectures begin at 8:00 PM
Skyviewing begins at dark (about 9:45pm), if the weather is clear.
This series is free and open to the public.
…in a galaxy far, far away: What I Learned from Watching Movies
June 1: Legends and Tall Tales: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying” -Arthur C. Clark
June 8: Mankind Warned: “KLAATU BERADA NIKTO”: “Join us and live in peace. Or pursue your present course — and face obliteration. (The) decision rests with you”. “Day The Earth Stood Still” (1951)
June 15: No Program Tonight
June 22: Predictions: “I’m convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.” Wernher von Braun
June 29: Humanity Suppressed: “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them” -Mr. Spock. “Resistance is futile” the Borg.
July 6: The Aliens Did It!: “We know they’re extremely advanced technologically, which suggests – very rightfully so – that they’re peaceful. An advanced civilization, by definition, is not barbaric. “ MARS ATTACKS” (1996)
July 13: Building Your Interocitor “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” “Magic is just science we don’t understand yet” Arthur C. Clarke