March 6th, 2013
WHAT: Many comets, nebulae, stars, and galaxies were discovered by women, but those women’s contributions are often overlooked. For example, students learn about William Herschel, a composer and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus, but don’t hear about his little sister, Caroline, who worked alongside him. Lanika Ruzhitskaya, a post-doctoral researcher in the department of physics and astronomy in the University of Missouri’s College of Arts and Science, will lead a discussion of discoveries and other contributions to astronomy made by women from the 18th century to the present.
Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month. Laws Observatory, an observatory deck on the fifth floor of the physics building, will be open after each lecture to view the stars.
WHO: MU astronomers and the general public
WHERE: Laws Observatory, Physics Building
WHEN: 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6
NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. The observatory will be open if weather permits.