Evenings Under the Stars
Free Scientific Talks followed by a Telescope Tour*!
Check this page for the schedule of events at the GMU Observatory. You can see more about an individual event by clicking on it below, or by viewing it in our calendar.
Unless otherwise noted, expect the scientific talks to last 30 minutes and their content to be appropriate for ages 5+. An approx. hour long guided telescope tour of that night’s sky will follow the scientific talk. *Telescope tours are subject to last-minute cancellation due to weather.
Evenings Under the Stars – Spring 2017
|Tour Set||Primary Date||Backup Date*||Talk Start Time||Speaker||Talk Title||Notes|
|1||Jan. 30th||5:30 PM||Justin Linford1||Radio Astronomy: The Dark Side of the Spectrum||1/23 event has been postponed to 1/30 due to weather. Same place & time.|
|2||Feb. 6th||Feb. 13th||5:30 PM||Brandon Genest2||Pluto: A Recipe for Life|
|3||Feb. 20th||Feb. 27th||5:30 PM||Michael Summers2||Results from the New Horizons Mission: Mysteries within Mysteries|
|4||Mar. 20th||7:00 PM||Andrei Afanasev1||Searching for Dark Matter in the Sky and in the Lab||3/6 event has been postponed to 3/20 due to weather. Same place & time.|
|5||Apr. 3rd||7:00 PM||Ravi Kopparapu3||The Search for Habitable Worlds & Alien Life in our Galaxy||The primary date (3/27) was canceled due to weather. We will instead hold the talk/tour on 4/3.|
|6||Apr. 10th||Apr. 17th||7:30 PM||Jesse Reimink4||The Early Life of Planet Earth|
|7||Apr. 24th||May 1st||7:30 PM||Erika Nesvold4||Debris Disks: Finding Planets Using the Mess They Leave Behind|
All times are in US-EAST. Unless otherwise noted: all talks will start on time in Room 163 of Research Hall (George Mason University, Fairfax VA – Directions here).
* Backup days are only used when the primary tour date has to be cancelled. We will announce on this page, our Facebook, and Twitter when a primary tour date has to be cancelled.
- George Washington University
- George Mason University
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Carnegie Science Institute
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