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Star Light, Star Bright: Understanding Astronomy

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Philip Rosenfield, Ph.D.

Astronomy is one of humanity’s oldest sciences, and has emerged from our desire to understand our universe and our place within it. Astronomical discoveries and warnings about possible meteoric impacts are regularly reported in the news media. In this course, we will explore introductory astronomy concepts and contextualize common astronomical themes in the news media, all while answering the question “How do we know what we know?” The final session topic will be determined based on the common interests of participants. Weather allowing, you will be introduced to star gazing and the spring night sky. Philip Rosenfield, Ph.D. is an astrophysicist specializing in stellar evolution theory, data analysis, and statistics. He is an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.




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