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Astronomy Department Public Outreach presents: Public Lecture & Stargazing

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Pupin Hall, Follow signs posted in the lobby.
Every other Friday, the Astronomy Department at Columbia University sponsors public outreach. Attendees get access to astronomical information through timely lectures by members of our department aimed at a public audience. After the thirty-minute lecture, if the weather is clear, the public can proceed to the roof of Pupin Hall and be guided by volunteers in stargazing and observing through the telescopes of Rutherfurd Observatory. A slide show and discussion with an astronomer about various astronomical images happens if the weather is cloudy. "Life, the Universe, and Everything", a panel discussion. Abstract: Why is the sky blue? How do stars form? Why do we think the universe is expanding? Bring questions and enthusiasm and join us for an unscripted, interactive panel discussion about anything from the origin of life to the expansion of the universe, driven by questions from the audience! The panel will be moderated by Dr. Demitri Muna, astronomy research scientist (NYU). Panel participants are: Lia Corales, astronomy graduate student (Columbia), Adrian Price-Whelan, astronomy graduate student (Columbia), Hassan Saktah, biology graduate student (Columbia).