Professor Stanimir Metchev
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, November 11, 2011

2012 - Myth, Fiction, and Fact

With the End of the World perhaps less than a year way, I will take a look at the history, speculations, and science behind some of the projections for the year that marks the end of the Mayan calendar. I will present recent developments in archaeoastronomy, planetary astronomy, and geology for an up-to-date factual context, and will use them as a guide in analyzing the realm of possible projections.

Prof. Metchev came to Stony Brook as an assistant professor in 2008. His research focuses on extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, and nearby young stars.