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Plutinos, Brown Dwarfs, Dinosaurs Will Be Examined at SMC Planetarium in Jan.:

“Falling Between the Cracks,” a look at new objects in the universe such as plutinos and brown dwarfs that do not fit into current astronomical categories, will be the feature show January 6, 13 and 20 and February 3 and 17, 2006 at Santa Monica College’s Friday night astronomy series.

“Asteroids: Why Dinosaurs Wished They Were Better at Math” is the title of the guest lecture by Jon Giorgini of the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Solar System Dynamics. He will cover both the history of asteroid orbits and methods of predicting asteroid hazards. The guest lecture is slated for Friday, Jan. 27.

The feature show and guest lecture are at 8 p.m. Each is preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” which re-creates the night sky and provides the latest information on space exploration – at 7 p.m.

The astronomy shows are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, which features the state-of-the-art Digistar projection system. It is located on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Boulevard. The guest lecture is in Science Lecture Hall 140. Tickets are $5 each or $9 for the “double bill,” with discounts for children and senior citizens. For information, call (310) 434-3000.

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