5 October 2017 – Next Presentation
An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC Asheville
Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. This meeting is free and open to the general public.
Mark Whipple, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – “Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin”
Earth and Venus have almost exactly the same size and composition, but have evolved into polar opposites. What genetic disorder, or childhood trauma, or freak astrological twist turned Venus from our sibling companion into Earth’s dark side evil twin? And what other ominous secrets are hidden beneath that opaque and ever-present atmospheric cloak?
As viewed from Earth, Venus appears beautiful and benign – after the Sun and the Moon, the brilliant planet is the third brightest object in our skies – but she flatters to deceive. In actual fact, this “goddess of love and beauty” features an ugly toxic atmosphere, scorching heat and a runaway greenhouse effect. Earth’s evil twin may indeed provide a glimpse into our own planet’s future… and how we might prevent an atmospheric disaster.