Gaining a Cosmic Perspective: Astronomy lecture May 16 at SWOCC

Dr. Scott Fisher will give an astronomy lecture at Southwestern Oregon Community College on May 16, 218. (Photo courtesy SWOCC)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- If you're a space enthusiast, there's a lecture coming up at Southwestern Oregon Community College you may want to see.

Dr. Scott Fisher, Director of Pine Mountain Observatory and physics faculty at the University of Oregon, will be in Coos Bay presenting a lecture illustrating the wonders of our vast universe with visuals from observatories such as Hubble Space Telescope and Oregon’s own Pine Mountain Observatory. The goal of the lecture will be to connect everyone to the universe we inhabit through the use of an easy-to-grasp scale that relates the actual size of the universe to the audience.

Dr. Fisher will then move into a discussion of one of the most exciting recent discoveries in all of astronomy – the existence of Exo-planets, which are planets known to orbit stars other than the Sun. As of late 2017, we have confirmed that over 3500 planets live outside our Solar System, the college said.

Dr. Aaron Coyner, a SWOCC physics professor, says you'll be in for an interesting evening.

"Gaining a cosmic perspective in where exactly do we fit in this vast universe that we explore and that we look at through telescopes."

The event takes place next Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Hales Center for Performing Arts.

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