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Event ID:  2057
Contact Name:  Jason Kendall
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Contact Phone:  917 529 2359
Organization:  Inwood Astronomy Project
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Dates:  9th October 2010 to 9th October 2010
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  New York
City:  New York
Location:  New York Public Library, Inwood Branch
Event Name:  Introduction to Astronomy: Galaxies and the Universe
Event Description:  Introduction to Astronomy A Free Natural Science Class at the New York Public Library A NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program Event The Planets: August 7, 2010, 1:00 PM The Stars: September 18, 2010, 1:00 PM Galaxies and the Universe: October 9, 2010, 1:00 PM We'll cover a survey of all things astronomical in three sessions. On the first session, we'll learn all about the planets in our Solar System. We'll learn about Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, little Pluto, Comets, Asteroids, and the Kuiper Belt. And we'll learn about the Earth as a planet, too. We'll also talk about the planets found around other stars. What makes up a planet? Which ones have we visited? What is the debate about Pluto? The second session, we'll talk all about stars. We'll learn about the Sun, the closest star, but then we'll branch out and learn about the others. How do they shine? How do they form? How far away are they? How do they live and die? What is a supernova? What are white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes? What is the fate of our Sun? Finally, we'll look at Galaxies. We'll learn about our own Milky Way Galaxy, the band of hazy light that you see from a dark location. We'll also learn about the vastness of cosmic space, and how galaxies grow and change. We'll try to put it all together with the Big Bang, and how galaxies formed, and how the Universe will change and grow in the far distant future. No prior knowledge of Astronomy is required. This course is perfect for kids from 12 to 120. Just bring your curiosity, and we'll show you the wonders of the universe. Each class is free and open to the public. About The Lectures As part of continuiing public outreach on science and astronomy, following The International Year of Astronomy 2009, Jason Kendall is presenting numerous Planetarium Show / Lectures at the New York Public Library, Inwood Branch and at other locations around New York City. Supported by NASA's Solar System Ambassador Program, each planetarium show is a two-hour space and sky slide show and lecture. Featuring astonishing photos from the NASA's current space and planetary exploration missions and up-to-date research and ideas from Astronomy, it's a great way to learn Astronomy with a knowledgable NASA/JPL volunteer to answer all your questions. All events are free, open to the public, and suitable for kids and families. There will also be free NASA handouts, posters and lithographs for everyone who comes. Location All of the lectures will be at the New York Public Library, Inwood Branch in the downstairs auditorium, located at 4790 Broadway [near Dyckman St.], New York, NY 10034-4916. The library's phone number is 212-942-2445. It is right next to a car wash. To get there by train, take the "A" train to the Dyckman/200th Street stop. It is one block from the subway. You can also come by the "1" train, but the walk from the Dyckman Street stop over to Broadway is about 6 blocks.
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