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Contact: Christine Payton March 14, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
DR. JOHN MATESE TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE NEW PLANET ON MARCH 22
 
The Lafayette Science Museum will host University of Louisiana at Lafayette Physics Professor Dr. John Matese for a public presentation about the possibility that a large planet exists in our solar system beyond Neptune.

Matese, along with UL Lafayette colleague Dr. Daniel Whitmire, recently proposed that studies of the orbits of comets suggest that such a planet may exist.

Matese’s presentation, “Does Our Sun Have an Undiscovered Planet?”, will be in the LSM planetarium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 and will last about 45 minutes. It is recommended for middle school to adult visitors.

The Museum requests that anyone planning to attend should call 337-291-5544 to make a free reservation. The Lafayette Science Museum itself will be open to the public for free that evening, and visitors may see the current exhibit “Giant Worlds” in addition to hearing Matese’s presentation. The museum’s meteorite exhibit, mini-exhibits, and Forensic Lab will also be open.

The Lafayette Science Museum is located in downtown Lafayette at 433 Jefferson Street. Regular museum hours are Tuesday — Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. Call 337-291-5544 for more information about exhibits and planetarium programs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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