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"Astronomical Horizons" Public Lecture Series Schedule 2017-2018

This lecture series held at the Abrams Planetarium surveys the latest developments in astronomy. Astronomical Horizons is offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy through its astronomy group and Abrams Planetarium. Each talk begins and 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

  • October 19, 2017  "Goodbye Cassini: What the Space Probe Taught Over the Past 20 Years"
    Shannon Schmoll, Director, Abrams Planetarium.
  • November 16, 2017  "How Does an Astronomer Use a Big Telescope?: Observing at SOAR from Start to Finish"
    Steve Zepf, Associate Chairperson for Astronomy and Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • January 18, 2018  "GW170817: The First Object Seen With Both Gravity Waves and Light Waves is the Merger of Two Neutron Stars"
    Ed Loh, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • February 15, 2018  "The Night Sky, Animated: Our Dramatically Improving View of the Violent, Variable Universe"
    Laura Chomiuk, Assistant Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • March 15, 2018 "Michigan's Extraterrestrial Visitors"
    Craig Whitford, Abrams Planetarium Meteorite Collection Coordinator.
  • April 19, 2018 "New Worlds, New Horizons: The ‘Decadal Survey’ and How Astronomers Decide Which Big Telescope to Build Next"
    Jay Strader, Associate Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.