Astronomy on the Edge: Latest discoveries from our Solar System to the beginning of the Universe
Dr. Rachel L. Smith, Director, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab/Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Appalachian State University
Dr. Smith will present recent new discoveries in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, and how they relate to our understanding of life and our place in the Universe. This discussion will include discoveries from current missions exploring our solar system; the latest observations of planets beyond the solar system; the chemistry of forming stars across the Galaxy; and the latest discovery on what happened just after the Big Bang created the Universe.
Rachel Smith is standing next to the Keck II telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The Keck telescopes (I and II) are the largest optical-infrared telescopes in the world. Dr. Smith uses an instrument on Keck II to observe the gas surrounding young stars in our Galaxy.
Science Saturday programs, held in the SECU Daily Planet Theater on the first Saturday of every month, highlight the vast world of scientific research and allow attendees to interact with experts in a variety of scientific fields. All are welcome to attend.