Journeys with Jerry: large and historic telescopes in the USA

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Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Other

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Since May 2020, Dr. Jerry Dunifer, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been wowing audiences through interactive journeys to exotic locations. The story of Journeys with Jerry is featured in the latest issue of Wayne State magazine. Recordings of previous Journeys with Jerry are available for viewing below and on Youtube

In this ninth journey, we will be visiting a few of the large and historic telescope observatories in the USA.  Some are within a four-hour drive from the Detroit area.  Others are across the country, a couple of thousand miles away.  We’ll encounter a variety of different types of telescopes including those which observe with visible light, some with radio waves, and others with gamma rays.  One telescope, a solar telescope, is specifically designed to observe and study the Sun.  Another telescope is used to bounce laser beams from the Moon and measure its distance to an accuracy of a small fraction of an inch.  We’ll visit an array of telescopes specifically designed to detect signs of intelligent life out in the cosmos.  And finally, we’ll have a look at the Wayne State Physics and Astronomy Department’s Zowada Observatory located under the dark skies of south-western New Mexico.

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