The Night Sky: Our Place in the Universe

We hear about supermoons, eclipses, meteor showers, and comets in the news and on social media. What are these astronomical phenomena? How do we see them for ourselves? The night sky is available to everyone to view: while light pollution may hide some of these wonders from us, many are still accessible. Dr. Bosh will discuss how best to view these phenomena, while also conveying some of the science that connects us to the universe. Carl Sagan said “We are made of starstuff.” It turns out that we are also made of comets and asteroids!

Dr. Amanda S. Bosh is a Senior Lecturer and Planetary Scientist at MIT in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, as well as the Observatory Operations Manager at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. She studies small, icy bodies in the outer solar system as well as the tenuous atmospheres of bodies such as Pluto.


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