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Lecture: Astronomy of the Milky Way

at South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center | Fri Sep 15


South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center

377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Tel: 631-537-9735
Contact Name: Carol
Visit Website: Website.

Date & Time

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Fri, Sep 15, 2017
Cost: Free Event

The Milky Way is our home Galaxy, yet there is still much that we do not know or comprehend about its origin, structure and content. Indeed, the latest research has caused some well-known ideas to be refined or discarded completely. In this lively and well-illustrated lecture, Dr. Mike Inglis will cover many facets of the Milky Way, starting with the first attempts to measure its size, how and when it was formed, and its location in the universe. Making use of the latest research on the Galaxy, he will present an overview of our current understanding of the Milky Way and what its future holds.


Dr. Mike Inglis is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Suffolk County Community College. Previously, he worked at Princeton, as well as several other universities in the U.K., and has used many of the world's largest telescopes in his research, which has included nebula morphology, active galaxies, cosmology, and cosmic rays. He is the author of several books for amateur astronomers and texts for students of astrophysics. He is currently working with other astronomers around the world on cataloging the faintest celestial objects visible to the naked-eye.


The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting.


COST: Free, but donations are appreciated. Seating limited so call SoFo to reserve (631) 537-9735.


LOCATION: The lecture will take place at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932


Montauk Observatory is grateful to the South Fork Natural History Museum and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for their kindness in hosting this event, and to Dr. Inglis for generously donating his time and expertise.


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