Stellar Society Lecture

The Stellar Society Lecture – Part of the N.C. Science Festival

***This semester's Stellar Society Lecture and NC Science Festival events have been canceled. We plan to reschedule these events for later in the year. Updates will be posted on this page.***

Each year, typically in April, GTCC’s student astronomy club, the Stellar Society, teams up with Cline Observatory and the GTCC Foundation to present the Stellar Society Lecture, featuring an astronomer from a regional institution to give a free public lecture on a Friday night before our regular public viewing. This event is usually held in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival, and is held in the Auditorium of Koury Hospitality Careers Center, on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus. Koury is Building 19 on this campus map.

The 2020 Stellar Society Lecture is canceled until further notice.

"Beyond Our Solar System: Witnessing the Formation of Exotic Worlds"

Featuring Dr. Ilse Cleeves, University of Virginia

This event was made possible by the GTCC Foundation, GTCC’s student astronomy club, the Stellar Society, and the N.C. Science Festival.

About the Talk

Dr. Cleeves will talk about how planetary systems such as our own form.  Additional details about the lecture will be posted soon.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ilse Cleeves is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy jointly appointed in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia.  Her research focuses on understanding the molecular and physical origins of planetary systems such as our own.  By using clues from interstellar molecular emission, she studies young planetary systems in formation around low-mass stars, i.e. protoplanetary disks: the very materials from which planets, comets, and other solar system bodies eventually form.

Visit Dr. Cleeves’ website.

***NC Science Festival events have been canceled. We plan to reschedule these events for later in the year. Updates will be posted on this page.***

PAST SPEAKERS

2019: Alicia Aarnio, UNC-Greensboro, “Our Sun:  Then, Now, and What Might Be”

2018: Katherine J. Mack, North Carolina State University, “Dispatches from a Dark Universe”

2017: Stephen P. Reynolds, North Carolina State University, “Supernovae and You: Tracking Stellar Explosions through Their Remnants”

2016: Sarah Hörst, Johns Hopkins University, “Titan:  Ingredients for Life”

2015: Michael Solontoi, Lynchburg College, “Killer Death Rocks from Outer Space!”

2014: Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, “Transits of Venus:  Science and History”

2013: Stacy Palen, Weber State University, “The Life & Death of Stars”

2012: Enrique Gomez, Western Carolina University, “What is it about 2012? How We Misunderstand Ancient Maya Astronomy.”

2011: Brad Newton Barlow, UNC-Chapel Hill, “Searching for Planets Using Pulsating Stars”

2010: Anne Verbiscer, University of Virginia, “Cassini’s Exploration of Enceladus, Saturn’s Active Icy Moon”