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Two-Part Stellar Nights program at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory examines age of universe

by Feb. 15, 2011, 9:42 AM

March 8th and May 3rd lectures open to the public

Vanderbilt University Professor of Astronomy David A. Weintraub will present a two-part lecture series titled “How Old is the Universe?” at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. The first lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 8, and the second lecture on Tuesday, May 3. Both lectures take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The lecture series will examine just how astronomers have determined that the universe is 13.7 billion years old. Weintraub, author of the just-published How Old is the Universe? and also of Is Pluto a Planet?, explains it all for astronomy buffs in an engaging way.

Reservations are required and the cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. The lecture is geared for ages 12 and up. Reservations can be made by visiting the website at www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu/ and clicking on the calendar.

Stellar Nights at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory are special lectures and programs geared for teens and adults. These events typically feature a speaker followed by a telescope viewing, weather permitting. Stellar Nights are canceled only in the case of severe weather.

The observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, off Granny White Pike between Old Hickory Boulevard and Otter Creek Road, near Radnor Lake.

For more information, visit the Dyer Observatory online or call 615-373-4897.

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