Meteor Shower: The Cosmos/Star Party

August 12, 2011

Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA's Astrophysicist is back in Chicago hosting a "star viewing" party at American Science & Surplus. Dr. Thaller, the Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and frequent contributor on the History Channel's The Universe, will be answering all astronomy and Star Wars questions. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescope or use one provided by American Science & Surplus.

More information:

Star Party
Friday, August 12th
Viewing: 8:30PM -10:30PM

American Science & Surplus
5316 N. Milwaukee Ave

About Dr. Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology who divides her time between astronomical research and public education. Originally from Wisconsin (and still a mid-westerner at heart), Michelle obtained her bachelor's degree from Harvard. Michelle obtained a Ph.D. from the Center for High Angular Resolution Astrophysics (CHARA) based at Georgia State University and the Mount Wilson Institute. Michelle's dissertation work included the first-ever detection of a "stripped core subdwarf" (a star that has been almost completely stripped of its outer envelope by the gravitational pull of a companion star) as well as the discovery and characterization of colliding stellar winds in several massive binary star systems. During her research, Michelle has used both ground and space-based telescopes, including Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories (in Australia), the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, and ROSAT. She is currently working to support NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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