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Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7pm

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7pm

"The First Light in the Universe"

The Planck satelliate, launched in May 2009 by the European Space Agency, has as its mission to observe the first light of the Universe. It was designed to image the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation -- the relic radiation left over after The Big Bang some 14 billion years ago -- to unprecendeted accuracy. Join us as one of the key members of the science team, Dr. Marco Bersanelli from the University of Milan in Italy, will visit JMU to tell us what we're learning about the origins of our Universe.


Dr. Marco Bersanelli
Instrument Scientist & Deputy Principal Investigator, Planck Satellite
University of Milano






Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7pm

"Searching for Our Molecular Origins"

One of the greatest scientific quests underway is that of finding life beyond Earth. Join us as the Dr. Stefanie Milam, Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science for the James Webb Space Telescope, will discuss the latest in prebiotic searches both inside and outside of our Solar System. She also address how new facilities, like the the James Webb Space Telescope, will help shed new light in this pursuit of understanding our cosmic origins.

Dr. Stefanie Milam
Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science, James Webb Space Telescope
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7pm

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