All lectures begin at 7:30 pm in ESS 001. Observing through the rooftop telescope follows the lecture.
|Sept 4, 2015||Prof. James Lattimer||Blowing in the Ether: Eintstein's Legacy|
|Oct 2, 2015||Prof. Alan Calder||What did New Horizons teach us about the system formerly known as Planet Pluto?|
|Oct 30, 2015||Prof. Fred Walter||The Past and Future Habitability of Mars|
|Dec 4, 2015||Dr. Takamitsu Tanaka||Supermassive black holes: the most powerful and ancient objects in the Universe|
|Feb 5, 2016||TBD|
|Mar 4, 2016||Prof. Doug Swesty||TBD|
|Apr 8, 2016||Prof. Neelima Sehgal||TBD|
|May 6, 2016||Prof. Michael Zingale||TBD|
During the academic year the Astronomy Program offers a series of lectures by research faculty on various aspects of Astronomy, most commonly on their own research or some topic of public interest. The lectures are held in Lecture Room 001 (ground floor) of the Earth and Space Sciences Building the first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm. Weather permitting, viewing using the University's telescopes on the roof of the ESS building will follow the lectures.
The lectures are free—at that price, we do not guarantee the weather—but are not held during periods the University is in recess: January, June, July and August. For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list (postal or e-mail) contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (631) 632-8100, or send e-mail to Nathan Leoce-Schappin.
Do try to be a little early if you can. The increasing popularity of this series has seen the lecture hall full on occasion. (And when there's a comet, you can't buy a seat). Some disability-related accommodations are available. Call the Department at the number above before 4 pm to warn us of your requirements. If you are not sure how to get here there are directions and campus maps to help. The schedule is available (above) along with short abstracts of the talks and biographic information about the speakers. We try to have the abstracts up at least three weeks before each talk and the calendar up a month before the semester starts.
Teachers take note: It may be possible to get in-service credit for any or all these lectures.