Deep Space in Old Town

Nov 5, 2009
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The DR22 cloud rich with new stars, as captured by the Spitzer deep-space telescope

Nothing less than the origins of the universe will be explored this weekend at One Colorado, as part of the 2009 Arts & Ideas Festival: Origins, a biennial collaboration between the city’s arts and science communities.

You might not think a Saturday stroll around Old Town would help you answer such questions as “How Did It Start?” and “Where Do I Come From?” But if you don’t get answers, you’ll certainly get lots to think about.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from dusk until 10 p.m., NASA’s Spitzer Space Science Center will be showing free short videos in the One Colorado Courtyard. The footage comes from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and word is that it’s spectacular.

For those who want to delve a little deeper, head to One Colorado on Friday or Saturday night between 7 and 9 p.m. for Ask an Astronomer. Astronomers from Spitzer wlll be on hand, there will be theatrical demonstrations for kids, and everyone will get a chance to ask the astronomers about all their space questions — for free!

Origins in the Universe
2009 Art & Ideas Festival

Spitzer Space Videos
Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, dusk to 10 p.m.
One Colorado Courtyard, Old Pasadena

Ask an Astronomer
Friday-Saturday, November 6-7, 7-9 p.m.
One Colorado Courtyard, Old Pasadena