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Apr 5, 2016

Director's Blog: April 2016

James Madison University

Last Public Science Talk of the Year!

The oxygen we breathe, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, are all forged in the center of stars and distributed into the interstellar medium when they die. New stars may form as a result of the shockwave of a nearby supernova explosion, enriched in the material produced by an earlier generation of stars. Planets, and life, may form in orbit around these newborn stars that will also be enriched in this material. We know this story has played out at least once—us. Come hear more about "Cosmochemistry: Understanding Our Origins".


Saturday Shows in April! 

Planetary Visions: 11a and 1p 

Planetary Visions is a fantastic, interactive program that is best described as an adventurous tour of the Solar System. With its whimsical, flying robot main character, Toggle, and the interactivity of the operator with the show and the audience, this is a treat for all who attend. 
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Earth to Universe
From Earth to the Universe: 2:15p and 3:30p

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe. This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendour of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe. 
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Our Island Universe -- Subscribe to the Series! 
Our Island Universe is a weekly, 90-second look at all things space -- how what goes on "up there" affects us "down here". Topics cover how our ancestors viewed the night sky to new discoveries in astrophysics. Hosted by Shanil Virani.

Subscribe to the series via iTunes!

Episodes last month included: "What's Eating Pluto?", "Life on Ceres?", "Easter and the Spring Equinox", and "The Dark of Night".



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