All lectures begin at 7:30 pm in ESS 001. Observing through the rooftop telescope follows the lecture.

Fall 2015
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
Spring 2016
Feb 5, 2016 Max Katz (CANCELED DUE TO SNOW) Seasons in the Sun
Mar 4, 2016 Prof. Doug Swesty New Clues About the Origins of Core-Collapse Supernovae
Apr 8, 2016 Prof. Neelima Sehgal TBD
May 6, 2016 Prof. Michael Zingale TBD


Astronomy Open Night Archive


Briefly, here's what we do:

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.