Space exploration and Moby Dick in December

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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831.648.5716 ext. 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          November 10, 2017

(PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.) – The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has two great lectures in store for December, starting with an exploration of the cosmos and ending with a trip back to Earth for a study of the sea.

These fascinating lectures are planned for the first half of the month, beginning with a visit from Dr. Pimol Moth on Friday, December 1st, for a lecture on the discovery of new planets, including exoplanets and more. The December 1st lecture is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The stellar wobble technique, a system used to detect planets, and the Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009, are among the topics Moth will discuss during the evening event.

Herman Melville fans will appreciate the Museum’s next lecture on Thursday, December 7th, from 6-7:30 p.m., when Dr. Richard King leads a multimedia lecture on the timeless novel Moby Dick. King, a research associate at Williams Mystic, will discuss many topics related to the tale, including the time Melville spent at sea searching for whales, as well as a study of giant squid and zooplankton. No recent familiarity of the lengthy tome is necessary to enjoy this event and a discussion will follow.

“December’s lectures offer a wonderful variety for anyone interested in science and we hope it will inspire a strong desire for stewardship when it comes to our own world and, in particular, our oceans,” said Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs.

Museum lectures are $5 and free for Museum members. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is located at 165 Forest Avenue. Learn about these events and others on the Museum’s website at


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