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Department of Astronomy: Public Lecture & Stargazing

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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. "Eyes in the Sky: Highlights from Current Space Telescopes," a talk by Columbia graduate student, Ximena Fernandez. Abstract: There are tens of telescopes in space constantly observing the most exciting events in the Universe.  In this talk, I will highlight some recent results from the different space observatories, and explain how they have increased our understanding of galaxies.