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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Pluto and Beyond

Fri Oct 23, 2015

Dr. Darin Ragozzine

Florida Institute of Technology.

"An Evening with Michael Shermer"

Fri Feb 26, 2016

Join us in the Gleason Auditorium at 8pm for a 1 hour conversation between Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Daniel Batcheldor. A 30 minute audience question and answer session will follow. Topics of discussion will include Dr. Shermer's new book "The Moral Arc" and things that drive people to believe ideas that are directly contradiced by reason and science.

Check back for regular updates regarding event logistics.  

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