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Upcoming Public Science Talks

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Our Planetarium Public Science Talk series has concluded for the 2016--2017 academic year. We will post details about Fall 2017's talks later this summer!





PAST SCIENCE TALKS



Searching for Our Molecular Origins, Thursday, February 9 at 7p

The First Light in the Universe, Dr. Marco Bersanelli

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The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, October 6, 2016



Cosmochemistry: Understanding Our Origins

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Journey to Mars: NASA's Path to the Red Planet

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Nobel Laurete Dr John Mather Visits JMU

Listening to the Big Bang

The Exciting Life of Bars in Galaxies

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WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST! FEB 12 at 7pm

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The Rise and Fall of Cosmology in the Ancient World 

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Galaxy Collisions, Starbursts and Giant Black Holes!

Scott Ransom Public Science Talk: Thursday, April 17 at 7pm, MEMORIAL HALL

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Pluto: Planet or Pretender? Thursday, January 30 at 7pm in JMU's Wilson Hall Auditorium

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Explosions in the Cosmos Dr Jolie Cizewski

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Telescopes as Time Machines Dr Jason Kalirai

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climate through the ages dr jennifer mangan

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mayan calendar dr matt chamberlin

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reaching for the stars dr david leisawitz

How are innate human qualities reflected in our quest to explore and comprehend the universe? Our Nation's space science endeavors have practical and sometimes hidden benefits, and can be inspiring, but fundamentally they are a manifestation of human nature, and something in which we can all take pride. Using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission as an example, I'd like to bring a space mission "down to Earth." My goals are to demystify the machines that help us answer some of the deepest questions we've thought to ask, to share the joy of scientific discovery, and to shed a bit of light on the path that lies ahead.—Dave Leisawitz

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