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).
Check out previous lectures at FIT's iTunes University site. Click on the Community Login, and find us in the "Research and Lectures" section (iTunes required). Or, if you don't have iTunes, you can just visit our channel at youtube.com/fitastro and stream the videos in your browser.
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Saturn's Moon Titan: Earth in the Freezer Aisle.
Fri Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Catherine Neish
Florida Institute of Technology
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is a complex and strangely Earth-like world. The Cassini-Huygens mission has revealed rivers of liquid hydrocarbons cut into its icy landscape, large seas of organic sand dunes, and volcanoes spewing lava made of water. With a surface temperature of 94 K, Titan resembles Earth in a deep freeze. Its dense atmosphere of nitrogen and methane also supports a complex organic chemistry, potentially reminiscent of the environment which led to the origin of life on Earth. In this talk, Dr. Neish will summarize the recent discoveries made by the Cassini-Huygens mission at Titan, and explore the extent to which prebiotic chemistry can proceed on its surface.
Fri Apr 25, 2014
Prof. Brian Murphy
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).
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.