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These presentations are hosted by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and are funded largely by the Ronald M. and Susan J. Friedman Outreach Fund in Astronomy. Friedman is a member of the department's Board of Visitors.

If you would like to suggest a speaker, you may send an email to cxp137@psu.edu.

presentations are hosted by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and are funded largely by the Ronald M. and Susan J. Friedman Outreach Fund in Astronomy. Friedman is a member of the department's Board of Visitors.
Date Name Institution Presentation
11/10/2016 Kate Grier Penn State University The Monsters of the Universe:  Supermassive Black Holes and their Masses
4/28/2016 Chad Hanna Penn State University The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
12/1/2015 Jason Wright Penn State University Watch:  Searching for Alien Megastructures:  Hype vs. Reality
4/28/2015 Mike Brown Caltech
    Watch: Tales from the Outer Solar System
      10/30/2014 Ravi Kopparapu Penn State University Potential Habitable Worlds: How Common Are They?
      10/22/2013 Brendan Mullan Penn State University Everything in the Universe is Terrible. Here's Why That's Awesome.
      4/9/2013 Jill Tarter Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute Watch: Are We Alone?
      9/13/2012 Heidi Hammel
      Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Watch: James Webb Space Telescope: NASA's Next Great Observatory
      5/18/2011 Karl Gebhardt
      University of Texas in Austin Walk Softly When Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe
      10/27/2010 John Grunsfeld
      Space Telescope Science Institute
      A Hubble Story
      4/14/2007 Carl Herrmann
      Johns Hopkins University
      Fire and Ice: Exploration of the Solar System
      11/7/2006 Mercedes Richards, Darren Williams,
      Avi Mandell, Christopher Palma
      Penn State University What is a Planet, Why not Pluto?
      11/20/2005 John Nousek,      David Burrows, Margaret Chester
      Penn State University Penn State in Space, The Swift Experience
      4/6/2005 Max Tegmark
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology Parallel Universes
      2/26/2005 Eric Feigelson
      Penn State University Planets, Planets, Everywhere
      11/20/2003 Christopher Palma
      Penn State University
      Galactic Cannibals
      3/27/2003
      Mario Livio Space Telescope Science Institute Beauty in an Accelerating Universe
      11/21/2002
      Michael Weinstein Penn State University Highlights from Hubble
      4/7/2002
      Lawrence Krauss
      Case Western Reserve University The Physics of Star Trek
      2/24/2002
      Michael Eracleous
      Penn State University Can a Bright Star Find Happiness in the Deadly Embrace of a Black Hole?
      11/11/2001
      Pablo Laguna
      Penn State University When Black Holes Collide
      10/21/2001
      Marc Millis
      NASA Glenn Research Center The Drive for Interstellar Travel
      7/14/2001
      Frank Drake Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
      4/28/2001
      Chuck Higgins
      Penn State University Parade of the Planets: Past, Present and Future
      3/24/2001
      Chris Churchill
      Penn State University From Stardust to Dinosaurs to Footprints on the Moon to Stardust Again
      2/25/2001
      Jane Charlton
      Penn State University A Brief History of the Universe
      11/12/2000
      Michael Weinstein
      Penn State University Was There a Big Bang?
      10/14/2000
      Charles Beichman
      Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Search for Life
      7/14/2000
      Eric Feigelson
      Penn State University How to Make a Star
      4/25/2000
      John Nousek
      Penn State University Chasing Fireworks Across the Gamma-ray Sky: the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Explorer
      3/19/2000
      Niel Brandt
      Penn State University X-raying the Environments of Supermassive Black Holes
      12/5/1999
      Gordon Garmire
      Penn State University
      Black Holes, Stellar Explosions, and Stellar Birth: Exploring the X-ray Universe with the Chandra X-ray Observatory
      10/24/1999
      David J. Helfand
      Columbia University How Superman Sees the Stars
      7/9/1999
      Darren Williams
      Penn State University Habitable Planets
      4/25/1999
      Daniel Weedman
      Penn State University
      NASA's Origins Program: Seeking Other Earths
      2/28/1999
      Alexander Wolszczan Penn State University The First Extrasolar Planets: Behind the Scenes of Discovery
      11/22/1998
      Lawrence Ramsey
      Penn State University
      Searching for Extra-Solar-System Planets: The Role of the New Generation of Large Ground-Based Telescopes
      9/27/1998
      Steven Squyres Cornell University
      Exploration of Mars