UPDATE: The Observing session and lecture has been postponed due to poor weather to Monday, May 12th. Talk at 8:00 PM and observing from 8:30 to 10 PM.
George Mason Observatory’s ‘Evenings Under the Stars’ series (where you’ll also get to look at awesome galaxies, stars, planets and more through our 0.8 meter telescope!) is back for Spring 2014! The next event will be Monday, May 12th and will feature a talk by Greg Redfern on ‘A Cosmic Detective Story – The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater’! Talk at 8:00 PM. Observing starts at 8:30PM until 10:00PM. Arrive at the lobby of Research Hall. As always the event is free and everyone is invited! We hope you can come out and join us!
Remember that there will only be one talk given during each observing session so make sure you don’t miss it! Directions to GMU and Research Hall here: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php Zoom in to find Research Hall next to engineering building and York River Rd. Keep an eye on twitter for updates – because the event has already been postponed once we’ll be holding the talk and event regardless of the weather – updates will be available here – Observatory Twitter
About the talk:
The nearby Chesapeake Bay impact crater is one of the best preserved examples of a large meteorite impact in the entire world. Come learn about how the impact changed the surrounding area and the world as it threw millions of tons of water and sediment into the atmosphere and launched tsunamis!
About the speaker:
Greg Redfern has been an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for different colleges since 1984. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, he has shared NASA’s missions to the solar system with audiences in person as well as on TV and radio in the Washington D.C. media market. Greg’s daily astronomy blog, “Whats Up?: The Space Place”, has had tens of thousands of readers from around the world and is carried by WTTG Fox 5.
Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over four decades and collecting meteorites for years. He’s used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities, and geological sites. As a result, Greg has brought the wonder, beauty and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades in a one-on-one style that resonates with his passion and knowledge.