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First Friday Meet the Astronomer – August 5 @ 7pm.

Dr. Bob O’Dell – “Peering into a Stellar Nursery: Fifty Years of Studying the Orion Nebula”

Stars are forming continuously from giant clouds of gas molecules in our Milky Way Galaxy. Fortunately, one of these regions is nearby and has created the Orion Nebula, which is visible with even small binoculars. Thousands of stars have recently formed there, with the oldest about 3 million years old and the youngest about the same age as us, homo sapiens. The advent of the Hubble Space Telescope has allowed us for the first time to see the disk and jets that seem to be necessary to allow the formation of stars and that are the building blocks from which planetary systems may be forming. The bottom line of this talk is to explain one facet of how we came to be.

After the talk and question-answer session, there will be viewing at the Seyfert Telescope (weather-permitting).

COST: $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee). NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR and NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. EACH PERSON MUST HAVE THEIR OWN RESERVATION. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE.

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More about Dr. O’Dell

Bob O’Dell obtained his BSEd from Illinois State and his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin in 1962. After being a Carnegie Fellow at the Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories and a brief stint at the University of California in Berkeley, he relocated to the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago. There he became a full professor, chair of the department, and director of the observatory. He then became NASA founding Project Scientist of the Hubble Space Telescope, leading the science of that program for eleven years from its initiation through much of the construction phase. From Rice University he served as the leader of the Observatory Scientist Team through the occasion of the highly successful first servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope. For the last five years he has been a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute Council, the supervisory body for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

He has always been interested in the Orion Nebula and has published papers on this spectacular object for over fifty years. As a Distinguished Research Professor of Astrophysics at Vanderbilt, he is still trying to figure it out.


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