"Astronomical Horizons" Public Lecture Series Schedule 2015-2016

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 & Astrophysics group and Abrams Planetarium. Each talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.


  • September 17, 2015 “Point of Departure: Astronomy in Chile”
    Shannon Schmoll, Director, Abrams Planetarium.
  • October 22, 2015 “20 Years of Planets Around Other Stars”
    Stephen Zepf, Associate Chairperson for Astronomy & Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • November 19, 2015 “The Hidden Lives of Stars”
    Ed Brown, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • January 21, 2016 “Why is there Something rather than Nothing? Using Lasers to Test the Symmetry of Time and To Determine the Origin of Visible Matter”
    Jaideep Taggart Singh, Assistant Professor, Experimental Atomic & Nuclear Physics, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory / MSU Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • February 18, 2016 “John Herschel, Charles Darwin and the ‘Mystery of Mysteries’”
    Richard Bellon, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Lyman Briggs College
  • March 24, 2016 “Discovery of Gravitational Radiation from Merging Black Holes”
    Ed Loh, Associate Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • April 21, 2016 “Nuclear Science from a Whole New Angle”
    Zach Constan, Outreach Coordinator, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory