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Exploration of the Night Sky: From Madison to Today
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exploration of the Night Sky: From Madison to Today, Wells Planetarium in Miller Hall
Our ancestors were adept at decoding the sky to learn their position on the surface of the planet, to tell the passage of time, and to learn when winter was approaching. Today, astrophysics is an academic enterprise in which we have learned our Universe is filled with billions of galaxies, each of which can have more than billions of stars. We are now learning that planets around these stars are common. Is the discovery of life next? Join us for a special presentation at the John C. Wells Planetarium to learn more about these discoveries, to learn more about how our night-time sky has changed since the time of Madison, and to learn how you can use the constellations to find your way around the night sky. If weather permits, there will be a special telescope observing session on the evening of Thursday, March 20 beginning at 8:30pm at Astronomy Park (located behind the Physics/Chem building and just down the hill from Festival Hall).
The Madison Week event is free and open to the public.