Thursday, September 5, 2013

Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester


The Center for Earth & Space Science Education will be hosting the Fall 2013 Public Astronomy Lecture Series beginning Saturday, September 7, 2013.  The Public Astronomy Lecture Series (PALS) began in 2004 under the directorship of Dr. Tom Hooten and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.  Lectures and demonstrations are presented throughout the fall semester by academic experts and scholars who speak about timely and interesting topics related to science, education, and public outreach.  The topics are entertaining and presented to the general public.  Everyone is invited.  The cost is $5 per person.

Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester

Dr. Tom Hooten, Ed.D. is professor of physics and director of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.  He holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University—Commerce in physics, astronomy, and higher education.  His fields of expertise include chromospherically active stars and the relationship between science and pseudoscience.  He has published over a dozen papers in peer review journals and for popular press.

“The Story of the Big Bang.”  It’s the best scientific explanation for the origin of the universe, and, yet, most people do not understand it.  This lecture will be presented for the general audience and describe the historical development of the big bang cosmological model, some of the scientific problems it has overcome, and what the future may hold for the expanding universe.

Saturday, Sept 7, 2013, beginning at 7:00PM

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education on the Tyler Junior College main campus.
1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701

October 5, 2013, Assistant Director Justin Parish, M.S., “The Universe in a Meter”
November 2, 2013, Professor Douglas Parsons, M.S., “Comet ISON”
November 23, 2013, Dr. Karl Giberson, Ph.D., “America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy”
November 24, 2013, Science & Faith Panel Discussion

For more information please visit or phone 903-510-2312.

Enchanted Skies Star Party

This is coming up October 2-5 for anyone interested in heading to New Mexico.

The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. We continue our 20 year tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, observing at 10,600ft, and we'll gather on Saturday night for an evening of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing. Socorro's dry, high-desert climate, dark skies, and friendly small-town environment provide an excellent dark sky observing experience.

Join us for dark sky observing, astronomy workshops, door prizes, lectures, and insider tours of the Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.

Nightly observing, lectures, and camping will take place at the Etscorn Campus Observatory and at our official "Dark Sky Site", the Fort Craig National Historic Site, located only about 30 miles South of Socorro. - click here to read all about it.