APRIL 12, 2016


JAMESTOWN – Noted planetary scientist Sarah Hörst will give a lecture, “Titan: Ingredients for Life,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22 in the Joseph S. Koury Auditorium on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus, 601 East Main St, Jamestown. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology through a variety of events across the state.

planetary scientist Sarah Hörst Sarah Hörst is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at John Hopkins University. Her primary research interest is atmospheric chemistry, particularly the complex organic chemistry occurring in the atmosphere or on the surface of bodies in the solar system. Previously, Hörst was a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado. She is a recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in planetary science and literature from the California Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona.

Hörst’s lecture is presented by GTCC’s Student Astronomy Club, The Stellar Society, whose mission for the past decade has been to support public outreach activities at Cline Observatory. Their efforts have made this annual lecture possible.

Cline Observatory will be open for viewing after the talk, weather permitting.

About the talk “Titan: Ingredients for Life”: Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique in our solar system. Below Titan’s thick organic haze layer, rivers of methane carve channels into an icy bedrock and flow into large hydrocarbon seas. Across the landscape, water ice mountains and extensive organic sand dune fields are simultaneously alien and reminiscent of Earth. Titan’s lake mottled surface and thick, organic rich atmosphere may be an ideal setting for life as we do not know it and there is certainly much yet to be learned about our own home from the study of Titan.

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— Carla Kucinski