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  • February Winter Lecture speaker

    Posted on February 10th, 2014 Lynn Powers No comments

    Join us on Friday Februay 28th UPDATE!  DUE TO THE FORECASTED WEATHER, WE ARE CANCELLING THE FEBRUARY INSTALLMENT OF THE WINTER LECTURE SERIES.  WE WILL RESCHEDULE DR. MCCRADY’S LECTURE AND POST WHEN WE HAVE THE INFORMATION.

    for the next installment of the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society’s 2014 Winter Lecture Series.  7:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies in the Hagar Auditorium.  Free and open to the public.

    TO BE RESCHEDULED – PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

    Dr. Nate McCrady, Associate Professor, University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy:

    “Minerva: Big Science with Small Telescopes.”

    One of the most profound questions NASA poses is: Are we alone? To look for life, we look for planets around other stars with conditions suitable for sustaining life. Detailed spectroscopic follow-up studies of these exoplanets will enable us to determine if there are anomalous amounts of methane or oxygen imprinted in their atmospheric spectra, an indication of life residing on the planet’s surface. With our partner institutions Harvard, Penn State and Caltech, the University of Montana is building and operating Project Minerva, a dedicated observatory for detection of rocky, Earth-like exoplanets orbiting nearby stars.

     

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