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Inside Science: Universe

Searching for Life in the Universe

Since the dawn of humankind, we have wondered if we are alone in the universe. Join a trio of professors of physics and astronomy at George Mason University to examine how science has progressed in furthering our understanding of this age-old question. The program is the first in a series of Space Sundays at George Mason University Observatory.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Auroras: Nature's Light Show

Humans have watched the Northern Lights in awe for centuries, but only recently have scientists been able to fully understand how and why auroras exist. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, explores their origins of these dancing curtains of light, the fanciful explanations once given for them, and when and where you're most likely to see an auroral display.

Date of event
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

The Milky Way and Our Neighbors

Humankind has long looked to the skies to understand our place in the vast expanse of stars and planets. Astronomer Carrie Fitzgerald surveys the breakthrough observations that revealed many of the secrets of our home galaxy, as well as the Milky Way’s tantalizing puzzles whose keys remain hidden from view.

Date of event
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.