Stellar Nights program at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory examines age of universeby Missy Pankake Apr. 19, 2011, 1:53 PM
Vanderbilt University Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub will present the second half of a lecture series titled “How Old is the Universe?” at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory on Tuesday, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is not necessary to have attended the first lecture to attend this one.
The lecture series examines 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 intended for ages 12 and up. Reservations can be made by visiting the website.
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.