Department of Astronomy: Public Lecture & Stargazing
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. How Big is the Solar System? by Brian Levine, Manager of Youth Programs/Astrophysics Educator, American Museum of Natural History Abstract: New York City is a big place, and if you've ever flown over it, you might have a sense of that size. The Earth is much bigger, and few people can really grasp how big. But the Solar System is so much bigger! Join us as we explore the size of our celestial neighbors and neighborhood!