MSU St. Andrews to Host Virtual Family Astronomy Night on September 14

Michigan State University St. Andrews will host a free Virtual Family Astronomy Night at 7 p.m. on September 14. The presentation will focus on stars and spectroscopy.

Discussion points will include what stars are made of; what makes up bright nebulae, dark nebulae, galaxies or quasars; what are the distances to any of these things; what are their temperatures; are they heading towards us or away from us and more. All of these questions can be answered in one word: spectroscopy. Join via Zoom for MSU St. Andrews Astronomy Night for more.

Those interested in attending are asked to register before the event to receive the Zoom connection. You can register up until the start time of the presentation or even during the meeting to join us.

Time will be allowed for a live Q&A session throughout the event. ASL interpretation will also be featured.

Join us virtually for a presentation focused on how we know what we know about the heavens. Last April, MSU St. Andrews talked about stars, their names, patterns, colors, brightness, sizes, classes, and nearest distances. To learn about stars – and almost anything in the sky – we need to understand spectroscopy. This month, presenters will describe how spectroscopy was discovered, developed, and turned skyward. Guests will learn how astronomers have calculated the temperature of stars, determined what they are made of, and measured whether they are moving towards or away from us.

The group will also discuss how they proved that many things in the sky aren’t stars, some things that don’t look like stars actually are, and some other things that look like stars are. actually something else. Additionally, presenters will demonstrate how to find many things in the sky this month. To end the evening, the monthly technology update will focus on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Disability accommodations can be requested by contacting 989 374-9903 or [email protected]

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