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Public astronomy lecture to be held at Queen's

 
2009-06-12

Sandra Faber, a prominent astronomer, will deliver a free public lecture as part of a larger workshop being held at Queens to mark the International Year of Astronomy.

The international gathering will focus on the life and work of Vera Rubin, a world-renowned astronomer. Dr. Faber is a former student of Dr. Rubins, and will give a talk called A Room with a View: Perspectives from Earth on the Cosmos, which looks at recent, dramatic discoveries in astrophysics. Less than one hundred years ago, astronomers did not know about galaxies or that the Milky Way is a galaxy in a vast sea of galaxies. Today, astronomers have made remarkable progress in understanding how galaxies form in our expanding universe.

"Dr. Faber has been studying galaxy formation for over thirty years and will present a comprehensive yet digestible account of why we are here and where we are going... cosmically speaking," says workshop organizer Stephane Courteau, a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

A Room with a View: Perspectives from Earth on the Cosmos with an introduction by Vera Rubin, 1101 Biosciences Complex, Tuesday, June 16, 8 pm.

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