Steward Observatory kicks off its public lecture series Wednesday, with a talk by astronomer Don McCarthy on the 50th anniversary of a speech by President John F. Kennedy that described the rationale for planning a human mission to the moon.

Today's story in the Arizona Daily Star said that speech would be delivered tonight. It is WEDNESDAY. Please tell all your friends who read the "paper" copy of the newspaper.

Here's the lineup for the rest of the series, most of which will be held on Mondays.


The Public Evening Lecture Series is at 7:30 p.m. in Room N210 of Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave.

* Wednesday: Don McCarthy: "Inspiring a Nation: JFK's 'Space Speech' 50 Years Ago."

* Sept. 24: Chris Impey, speaking on his latest book, "How It Began!"

* Oct. 8: Neville Woolf: "Life: A Phenomenon Rooted in Astronomy."

* Oct. 22: Carl Hergenrother: "21st Century Prospecting: The Near Earth Asteroid 1999 RQ36 and the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission."

* Nov. 5: Fulvio Melia: "The Cosmic Spacetime."

* Nov. 16 (FRIDAY): The Marc Aaronson Memorial Lecture, delivered by Pieter von Dokkum of Yale University

* Dec. 3 - James McGaha: "2012 Doomsday! World Apocalypse?"