Physics and Space Sciences

Public Science Lecture Series

In our monthly public Science Lecture Series we host an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science in the auditorium Olin Engineering Complex (room EC 118, see map below) on the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year. The lectures are at 8 p.m., and are followed at 9 p.m. by a public viewing session at the campus observatory on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building (weather permitting). 

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"Star Trek at 50"

Fri Aug 26, 2016

Prof. Scott Tilley, Department of Engineering Systems

Florida Institute of Technology. 


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series. When it debuted in 1966, many of Star Trek’s exciting new concepts were purely fictional: alien life forms, anti-matter power sources, energy weapons, faster-than-light travel, intelligent robots, portable communicators, and transporters all sprang from the fertile imaginations of the show’s writers. But as with all good science fiction, the stories were grounded in science fact. Now, a half-century later, technology has made many of Star Trek’s fictional concepts a reality. Come to this exciting lecture by Professor Tilley to hear more about the science, technology, and engineering of Star Trek. Find out what is fact and what is fiction!


"OSIRIS-REx Town Hall"

Wed Sep 7, 2016

Dr. Amy Simon (’93)

Senior Scientist, Planetary Atmospheres

Solar System Exploration Division

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Dr. Kerri Donaldson Hanna (‘99)

UKSA Aurora Research Fellow

University of Oxford, UK. 


Dr. Christian d’Aubigny (‘96)

OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS Lead Optical Engineer

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

The University of Arizona.


In celebration of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, to be launched out of KSC on September 8th (see three Florida Tech alumni involved with the mission will hold a town hall panel discussion in the Gleason auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on September 7th.

Each panel member will give a briefing on their role in the OSIRIS-REx mission before opening the floor for questions from the audience. 


Door will open at 6:30 pm. The event will end at 9 pm. 

Nobel Laureate Lecture

Thu Sep 22, 2016

Dr. John Mather, JWST project scientist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

7 pm Gleason Auditorium.


Want even more astronomy?

We now have the Melbourne Astronomical Society for local-area amateur astronomers (including students) to meet, discuss science and equipment, tips and techniques. If you'd like to join us for monthly meetings and meet other local-area amateur astronomers, please sign up for the MAS mailing list. We're meeting on the same nights as the Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Sciences building room 144 (the first floor towards the south doors).


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Once on campus, park in the lot adjacent to the buildings marked 1 or 2. Talks will take place in the building marked 1 (Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium, room EC 118). Observing will take place on the roof of the building marked 2 (Physical Sciences Building) weather permitting.

FIT Map Showing Location of Astro Lecture Events