GTCC TO PRESENT ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL MARCH 6-7

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College will host its annual astronomy festival, TriStar, this week on its Jamestown Campus. The event gathers astronomy enthusiasts, from novice to professional, for a full day of lectures, displays and observing. It is free and open to the public.

TriStar kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 with a lecture, “Deepest Hubble Images Expose the Violent History of our Galactic Neighborhood,” by Dr. Tom Brown of the Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University and operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) for NASA. The talk will be held at Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center auditorium on the Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown. After the lecture, Cline Observatory will be open for observing, weather permitting.

TriStar continues 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 with lectures by Dr. Tom Brown (“On the Trail of the Missing Galaxies: The Oldest Stars in the Neighborhood”); David Pitonzo of High Point University (“Musings on the Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Civilization”); Chris Richardson of Elon University (“The Crab Nebula: Our Local Young Supernova Remnant”); and Maria Temming of Elon University (“A Summer at Sky & Telescope”).
For a complete schedule of events, visit TriStar

For more information, please contact Tom English, professor of astronomy at GTCC and director of Cline Observatory, at trenglish@gtcc.edu or 334-4822 ext. 50023.

WHAT:  GTCC presents TriStar, an annual astronomy festival featuring lectures, displays and observing sessions.

WHEN:  TriStar kick-off with “Deepest Hubble Images Expose the Violent History of Our Galactic Neighborhood,” a lecture by Dr. Tom Brown of the Space Telescope Science Institute 7 p.m. Friday, March 6

TriStar: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7

WHERE: All events will take place at the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center, Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

INFORMATIONTriStar

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC

Published March 4, 2015