STEM Café: Stargazing – Rain or Shine!
Name: STEM Café: Stargazing – Rain or Shine!
Date: August 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Join NIU STEM Outreach for a dazzling evening of stargazing and viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. These brilliant meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky. An array of speakers will help us explore galactically exciting questions, such as, “Are we alone in the universe?” and “What does the interior of Mars look like?” Then we’ll head outside to view the night sky with telescopes and the naked eye. Speakers: Wesley Swingley, NIU Associate Professor of Biology, will discuss potential life on planets and moons in our solar system and galaxy. Philip Carpenter, NIU Professor of Environmental Geophysics, will discuss new data about the interior of Mars gathered from the InSight mission. Jeremy Benson, Director of NIU STEM Summer Camps, will prepare the audience to view the night sky and describe what causes a meteor shower. 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Food available for purchase 7:00 – 9:00pm – Speakers 9:00pm – 10:30pm – View the night skies