20th Anniversary of the Movie 'Contact'

Date: Sat. 7 Oct, 2017 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Duration: 12 Hours
Location: New Mexico Tech

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie "Contact" with a special open house at the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array on Saturday, October 7. The event will feature guided tours, NRAO staffers sharing their stories about the filming, special selfie and photo opportunities where scenes from the movie were shot, and a book-signing by Dr. Jill Tarter, the astronomer after whom the film's central character was modeled.

The open house at the VLA will be followed by a talk by Tarter and her biographer, Sarah Scoles, and a star party, both on campus.Guided tours at the VLA will start at 11 a.m., with the last tour starting at 5 p.m. The lecture and book signing at the Fidel Center will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m., and the star party at the Etscorn Campus observatory runs from dark until 11 p.m. All events are free.