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    OMSI Science Pub:  Eclipses & Exoplanets

    OMSI Science Pub: Eclipses & Exoplanets

    Thu, August 10, 2017

    Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

    This event is all ages

    OMSI Science Pub: Eclipses & Exoplanets
    OMSI Science Pub:  Eclipses & Exoplanets
    From Oregon to Exoplanets – What Can We Learn from Eclipses?

    With Dr. Scott Fisher, Faculty Member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon

    August 10, 2017 | Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

    On the morning of August 21, 2017, part of Oregon, and a 60-mile swath across the continental US, will witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, a total eclipse of the Sun. As the shadow of the Moon races across the continent from Lincoln City, OR to Charleston, SC it is expected that as many as 50 million people will travel to see this incredible spectacle. On that same day, many of the 2,335 known exoplanets will cross in front of their own stars – as seen from Earth. What can we learn from these eclipses, both our local one and those that are occurring many light-years away?

    In this fun and informative talk Dr. Fisher will make an interesting connection between these events as he explains how eclipses occur, describes what we should expect to see here in August, and talks about how to view the eclipse safely.

    He will also talk about one of the greatest discoveries of our time: exoplanets – planets that orbit a star that is not the Sun. In the last 25 years, we have gone from knowing of zero planets outside our Solar System to well over 2,000 confirmed, with the number is steadily increasing. Now, astronomers estimate that there is, on average, one planet around every star in the sky. In this talk we will take a look at how these planets were discovered and how they are different (and similar) to the planets in our System of Sol.

    Dr. Scott Fisher is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of Physics where he teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the department. Scott previously worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he was responsible for selecting and funding astronomy programs across the United States. Before his time in Washington, Scott was based in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked as a staff member of the Gemini Observatory, the 5th largest telescope in the world. At Gemini, he worked as an instrument scientist and as a member of the Gemini Outreach team. Scott's main area of research is searching for and studying planet-forming disks around young stars.

    Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: sciencepub@omsi.edu.
    Venue Information:
    Whirled Pies
    199 W. 8th
    Eugene, OR, 97401