We used to think the Venusian clouds hid a carbonated swampland, and that Martian areas like Syrtis Major sloshed with dying oceans. While we were wrong about those, seas of many kinds populate the worlds around us, from methane seas on Titan to deep oceans of liquid metallic hydrogen in the hearts of the gas giants. Join Michael Carroll on a journey through Alien Seas across our solar system, touring ancient Martian oceans, modern Europan depths and other cosmic beachfront property.
Michael Carroll is a science journalist and astronomical artist, with over twenty books in print. He has written articles for such magazines as Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Popular Science, Asimov's, Analog, Clubhouse, Odyssey, Sea Frontiers, and Artists magazines. His latest book is Drifting on Alien Winds. It explores the weather of other planets and moons. Other recent books include Alien Volcanoes (Johns Hopkins University Press), The Seventh Landing (Springer), and Space Art (Random House). His next book, Alien Seas, is slated for a fall 2013 release. Carroll is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. He has done work for Lockheed/Martin, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, TIME, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SKY & TELESCOPE, and others. One of his original paintings flew aboard MIR, and another is on the surface of Mars (in digital form) aboard the Phoenix spacecraft. He is the recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and the Jonathan Eberhart award for science feature writing.
Books and paintings will be on sale after the talk.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler