Visitor Night: Galaxies and Their Environments: Exploring the Nature verses Nurture Debate from a Cosmic Perspective

Date: 
Sat, 11/09/2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Michael Cooper
Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, UCI
Location: 
UCI Observatory
Intended Audience: 
Public
Open to public: 
Yes
Cost: 
Free

Join us on Nov 9, 2013, to explore the night sky from the UCI Observatory. Listen to a lecture by Professor Michael Cooper entiled "Galaxies and their Environments: Exploring Nature verses Nurture". Recent observations have revealed that galaxies, much like humans, evolve from their visibly-distinct teen years towards adulthood, following an array of evolutionary paths. It remains unknown, however, whether the evolution of a galaxy is primarily dictated by intrinsic properties such as its mass versus the influence of environmental factors. In this talk, Professor Cooper will discuss the range of environments in which galaxies reside, while addressing the relative contribution of "nature" and "nurture" to the global evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
 
Come and see the Moon, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, globular cluster M15, the Ring Nebula M57, and other fabulous celestial objects with our telescopes. Also learn to use a night sky map to locate your favorite stars and constellations.
 
Visitor Nights are open to the Friends of the UCI Observatory and to the public. We thank the Friends of the UCI Observatory for the financial support which enables the UCI Observatory to provide Visitor Nights and activities to the community. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend of the UCI Observatory click here or you may make a donation on line via our secure e-giving website at http://www.uadv.uci.edu/UCIObservatory  or by mail UCI Observatory Pledge Form.
 
Parking is available on campus for $2 per hour or $10 maximum. Although reservations are not required, we would appreciate RSVP's for purposes of planning and logistics.  
 
Please remember to dress warmly and bring flash lights.  We heartily encourage amateur astronomers to bring their own telescopes to share with our visitors. For additional information about Visitor Nights, please see http://ps.uci.edu~observat/node/2  and the FAQ page shown there. Driving directions and parking information can be found here. A poster advertising this event can be found here.