GCC Planetarium

A Conversation with the Stars

"A Conversation with the Stars" is the GCC Planetarium's monthly lecture series.  Each evening features a professional astronomer speaking about their area of expertise.  New this year for the lecture series will be student musicians, artists and authors, all showcasing their talents.  

As always, after the talk, telescopes will be available through which the (admittedly limited) celestial sites of the Glendale sky can be observed in more detail.  Light refreshments will also be served, after the talk.

The evening conversations are free, but because seating in the planetarium is limited, reservations are required. Please visit the brown paper tickets website (linked below, for each speaker) to reserve your seat.

We look forward to seeing you in the dome!


Our 2018-2019 Line up:


Friday, September 21st, 2018:  Dr. Joe Masiero - Asteroids

Friday, October 19th, 2018:  Dr. Jason Marshall - Black Holes, Starbursts, and Giant Telescopes of the Future

Friday, November 16th, 2018:  Dr. Susanna Kohler - Black Holes:  Stranger than Fiction 

Friday, December 14th, 2018:  Dr. Mark Bowen - The Fermi Paradox, where are all the alien civilizations?

Friday, February 22nd, 2019:  Dr. Evan Kirby - An Archaeological Road Trip with the Keck Telescope

Friday, March 15th, 2019:  Dr. Igor Andreoni - Look & Listen to the Violent Universe

The ancients considered the Universe unchanging, and had a special name for the planets, which they regarded as “wanderers”.  Any changes in the night sky were seen as portents of doom – and a reason to fear the Gods. The advent of modern astronomy means that we no longer fear changes in the night sky, indeed some of us make our living from studying these fascinating changes!
The story of the modern transient sky, where stars live and die in spectacular explosions, will be the topic of Dr. Andreoni's conversation with the audience.  Today's astronomers can not only look at the violent sky with telescopes, but also “listen” to what happens in the darkest depths of the Universe using gravitational wave detectors.  Riveting stuff and the clearly the makings of a great night of science. 

Friday, April 12th, 2019: Dr. Matthew E. Orr

Friday, May 10th, 2019:  Dr. Marie Ygouf

View our past presentations