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Member Tour: Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • 10:30am - 11:00am

Solar observing on the NRC fourth floor terrace.

Star Formation & Black Holes

Join Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab, Rachel Smith, and Assistant Head, Patrick Treuthardt, on a special behind-the-scenes Member Tour. Learn about their exciting research projects on star formation and the physics of spiral galaxies. Hear about current star formation research, including observations of forming stars made from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and experiments on interstellar ice analogs at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Get hands on with a citizen science project called Spiral Graph, which is helping our researchers measure the curvature of spiral arms and determine the mass of supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies.

Each session is limited to 12 members and will last about 30 minutes.

Weather permitting, solar observing will be available to Friday tour groups from 11:30am to noon, and to Saturday tour groups from 2:00 to 2:30pm on the fourth floor terrace.

All ages are welcome. No strollers allowed.

Registration Information

Member registration starts Saturday, March 17.
Brimley Society member pre-registration: Tuesday, March 13 – Friday, March 16.


Space is very limited. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please call the Membership Office at 919.707.9296 or email membership@naturalsciences.org.

Join or renew your membership today!

Astronomy Tour Dates

Friday, April 20

  • Tour Group 1: 10:30am – 11:00am
  • Tour Group 2: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Solar Observing (Weather Permitting): 11:30am – noon

Saturday, April 21

  • Tour Group 1: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • Tour Group 2: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Solar Observing (Weather Permitting): 2:00pm – 2:30pm



April 20
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Free. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.


Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Catherine Perkins