Dr. Webb will talk about the "Scientific Search" for life in the universe including searches for signs of life on Mars and the discovery of extra-Solar Earth-like planets. We will go over to the Stocker astroscience center for observing and tours of the control room after the talk, weather permitting.
Dr. Webb, inspired by an episode of Relic Hunter, will talk about ancient astronomy and some of the tools ancient astronomers used thousands of years ago. These include ancient observatories like Stonehenge and Woodhenge, alignments of pyramids and Mayan temples, and the Antikytheria device. We will also talk about cosmological theories from ancient times to modern cosmology.
Party like only Golden panthers interested in astronomy can! Dr. Webb will prepare and NASA update presented at 8:30 in the lab room (Stocker 101) and our new 24" telescope should be installed and working. Music, astronomy, door prizes,. munchies and STEM fun. Be there, or be an obtuse hperbolid!
The ACE 24" telescope is coming to the Stocker Astroscience center on Saturday October 25, 2014. This long awaited instrument will complete phase one of the Stocker Astroscience center. The telescope will be lifted from a flatbed truck on Saturday morning and hoisted up 4 stories and set down inside the observing room through the slit. Should be a great show!
After several delays involving the Primary mirror, we are counting down to a delivery date in mid to late October. According to Peter Mack of Astronomical Consultants and Equipment, the telescope is finished and they are awaiting arrival of the 24" coated mirror in Tucson. Once the mirror is in their hands, a week of testing, then it will be shiped to FIU for installation into the dome.
The Stocker Astroscience center was filled to capacity during the "Key West" style star party. The skies were clear, the telescopes were out, and visitors saw the Moon and Saturn among other astronomical objects with their own eyes. They also consumed 10 Key Lime Pies, and numerous non-alcoholic margaritas. We celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11, and guests were treated to a live concert by Dr. Webb.
Stocker AstroScience Center
Department of Physics
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 222
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-3964
Fax: (305) 348-6700