Chances are pretty good that everyone who climbs into bed the night of Dec. 21 this year will wake up the next morning to find that the world didn’t end in spite of what the Mayan calendar seems to predict.
Chris Anderson, who works at the Herrett Center’s Faulkner Planetarium and Centennial Observatory in addition to teaching physics at CSI, will be the featured speaker at the Herrett Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The complete title of his topic is ‘Pole Shift, Nibiru, and Planetary Alignments: Why the World Won’t End on December 21, 2012.’ His topic, which will be approached with a sense of science and humor, will explore what’s real, what’s hype, and how we can tell which is which when confronted with claims of an impending catastrophe that supposedly coincides with the end of the current 400-year cycle of the Mayan calendar.
Anderson earned his B.A. in physics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his master’s in astrophysics from Iowa State University.
The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing high quality presentations to Twin Falls. No tickets are required for this free public lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the College of Southern Idaho campus at the North College Road entrance.