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Public Evening Lecture Series

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Since September 1922, Steward Observatory has been hosting public evening lectures in astronomy. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Room N210 of Steward Observatory (unless otherwise noted.)  Following all Monday evening talks, the Raymond E. White, Jr. Reflector in the historic Steward Observatory dome will be open for public viewing of the night sky (weather permitting). All of the lectures and the use of the telescope are free of charge and open to the general public.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Fleming at 621-5049 or                                                                                                                          

Click here to stream podcasts of previous Public Evening Lectures.


Spring 2017 Steward Public Evening Lectures
Date Speaker Title
Jan. 23

Dr. David Levy

Jarnac Observatory

The Starlight Night:

The Night Sky in English Literature

Feb. 20

Dr. Kevin Hainline

Steward Observatory

Hunting for Dark Monsters: How to Find a Hidden, Supermassive Black Hole
Mar. 20

Dr. Jay Holberg

Lunar & Planetary Laboratory

Tales from the Celestial Graveyard:

Studying White Dwarfs in our Own Backyard

Mar. 27

Dr. Eric Pearce

Steward Observatory

Astronomy Tracks Sputnik and Beyond:  How Applied Astronomy has Met the Challenges of the Space Age

Apr. 3*

*This lecture will start at 7:00 pm in Stevie Eller Dance Theater

Dr. Brian Schmidt

Australian National University

Nobel Prize Laureate & UA Alumnus

The Status of the Universe in 2017
Apr. 17

Dr. Wen-fai Fong

Steward Observatory

The Energetic World of Gamma-ray Bursts and Gravitational Waves