"Astronomical Horizons" Public Lecture Series Schedule 2011-2012

This lecture series held at the Abrams Planetarium surveys the latest developments in astronomy. Astronomical Horizons is offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy through its astronomy group and Abrams Planetarium. Each talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.


  • September 22, 2011: "Exploding Stars in a Whirlpool and a Pinwheel"
    Horace Smith, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • October 27, 2011: "Sample Return from Comets and Asteroids: Promise, Progress, and Prospects"
    Michael Velbel, Professor, Geological Sciences.
  • November 17, 2011: "Astronomy with Big Buckets of Water: Looking at the Cosmos with Cosmic Rays"
    Jim Linnemann, Professor, High Energy Physics.
  • January 19, 2012: "Disaster from the Skies"
    Brian O'Shea, Assistant Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • February 23, 2012: "Through a Lens Darkly: Testing Dark Matter with the Hubble Space Telescope"
    Megan Donohue, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • March 22, 2012: "Globular Clusters: The Systems That Keep Exposing the Secrets of Space"
    Mark Peacock, Visiting Research Associate, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • April 19, 2012: "Astronomy and 2012: Should I Still Plan for Retirement?"
    Charles Kuehn, Research Associate, Astronomy and Astrophysics.