The campus will host a number of free events this month and next as part of the International Year of Astronomy, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observation through a telescope.

February 6, 2009

DEARBORN / Feb. 6, 2009---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a number of events this month and next as part of the International Year of Astronomy, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observation through a telescope.

All events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, Mario Mateo, professor of astronomy at U-M Ann Arbor, will present “Strange Dark Matters” at 6 p.m. in Room 1400 of the Social Sciences Building.

Mateo will discuss the problem of “dark matter” from an historical perspective, summarize the current state of understanding of dark matter, discuss some of the alternative ideas that aim to explain phenomena currently attributed to dark matter, and talk about future results that will likely strongly impact ideas about the nature of dark matter.

There will be tours of the campus observatory following the talk, and, weather permitting, astronomical observations.

On Friday, Feb. 27, the UM-Dearborn observatory will host a public observing session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call 313-583-6566 one hour prior to the scheduled start time to learn the status of the session.

Next month, Roberta Humphreys, professor of astronomy at the University of Minnesota, will present “The Biggest, the Brightest and the Best--Stars” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in Room 1400 of the Social Sciences Building. There will be tours of the campus observatory following the talk, and, weather permitting, astronomical observations.

For more information, visit http://astronomy.umd.umich.edu/ for a schedule of events at UM-Dearborn as well as Henry Ford Community College, or join the observatory’s mailing list by emailing sky.observers@umd.umich.edu.

 

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