Lowell Observatory is thrilled to announce the keynote speaker of the 2024 I Heart Pluto Festival’s Night of Discovery event: Diana Gabaldon, a celebrated and award-winning author and great-granddaughter of Stanley Sykes, a pivotal figure in Lowell’s history.
To start off the Night of Discovery event, sponsored by Unisource Energy Services, Lowell Historian Kevin Schindler will take the audience through the day that Pluto was discovered by 23-year-old self-taught astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. This will be followed by Gabaldon’s keynote presentation, which will pertain to her mission to bridge science, history, and awe through her writing.
Her presentation will be followed by a book signing session, with copies of her work available for purchase.
The Night of Discovery will also include an art show featuring works by members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA).