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From Stellar Nurseries to the Solar System: Searching for our Origins
April 29, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday April 29: “From Stellar Nurseries to the Solar System:
Searching for our Origins,” with Dr. Joanne Rosvick
Science Lecture Series at BIG Little Science Centre for older children and adults.
Details below. Free entry. Reception included. Doors open at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7:00pm.
Our solar system contains “leftovers” such as comets and asteroids, as well as planets and of course the Sun, but how did they get here in the first place? With the construction of state-of-the-art observatories such as ALMA that are designed to study the formation of stars in their earliest stages, astronomers have never been better prepared to understand how stars form, and how solar systems result from the residual material left after the star has formed. In this lecture I will describe some of the tools astronomers have to study star formation in its earliest stages, the clues we look for, & how we might have ended up here.
Joanne Rosvick grew up in Alberta, and following her graduation from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in physics, she enrolled at the University of Victoria and earned her M. Sc. and Ph. D. in astronomy, concentrating on the formation and evolution of stars in clusters. She currently teaches astronomy and physics at Thompson Rivers University. Her current research still involves star formation.