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I'm giving a public talk in Boulder, Colorado on May 12!

By Phil Plait

On Saturday, May 12, I'm giving a public talk at Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado!

The talk is "10 Amazing Facts About Our Solar System", and if I'm in a good mood I may throw in a couple of extra facts (technically, I should call it "10 ± 2 Amazing Facts About Our Solar System" but I think that would scare away all but the math geeks). It's a fun talk that lives up to the title. I expect I'll have one or two things in there you haven't heard before, too. I'm pretty sneaky that way.

Boulder is my hometown, so I'm really pleased to be doing this. I like doing local stuff, and this is a benefit for the school: although admission is free, a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for kids will be happily accepted at the door. Proceeds go to the school's Parent Advisory Council and the Beautify Boulder High project. The PAC does great stuff all year round, including funding a lot of projects at the school and organizing parents to do volunteer work for the school. It's a good group.

The talk starts at 7:00 p.m., and afterward there will be a star party outside! The folks from the Boulder Astronomy and Space Society will be on hand with telescopes, and we'll be looking at Venus (if it's still up), Mars, Saturn, and a few deep sky objects like star clusters. I'll be on hand to answer questions and talk more astronomy, too.

So if you're anywhere near Boulder, please come! It's a fun talk (really, the single greatest talk you'll ever attend, I hear) and it's for a good cause. I hope to see you there!

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