1 June 2017 – Next Presentation
an Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC Asheville
Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In Rhoades Robinson Hall (RRO 125) on the UNC Asheville campus. This meeting is free and open to the general public.
PLEASE NOTE: The location for our June meeting will be Rhoades Robinson Hall Room 125 (RRO 125) on the UNC Asheville campus. See directions and parking instructions here. A campus map indicating the building with a yellow star can be found here.
Richard Ignace, East Tennessee State University – “How Do We Know What We Know?”
Exoplanets, the expanding universe, the lives of stars, dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and other sundry beasts of the cosmos: how have astronomers come to discover and, to varying degrees, understand such a diverse menagerie of objects and properties of our cosmos?
The enterprise is made that much more amazing given the fact that so much progress has been made from the fixed vantage point of our little planet. Humans are constrained merely to observe, not to visit!
The presentation will focus on a selection of examples that highlight how astronomers have used basic principles of science in creative ways to reveal the many marvels of the universe in which we live, and Dr. Ignace will touch on ideas and examples ranging from ancient times to the modern period.