UofT Knox College: An Astronomical Potpourri

Butterfly Nebula NGC 6302
Butterfly Nebula, NGC 6302, Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:30am to Friday, August 11, 2017 - 12:30pm

Lecturer: Dr. John R. Percy, Professor Emeritus, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

The course begins with an exciting overview of modern astronomy, followed by an amusing look at common misconceptions about astronomy, from everyday life to the birth of the universe. In honour of Canada 150, we will then examine Toronto’s astronomical heritage: how we became an astronomical “centre of the universe.” The Birth, Life, and Bizarre Deaths of Stars (Dr. Percy’s favourite research topic) explains itself. Throughout, we will reflect on the ultimate question (and maybe provide a partial answer): are we alone in the universe?

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:30am–1:30pm; Friday: 11:00am–12:30pm

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: $130.00 for the course
Registration: CanadaHelps
Organized by: UofT Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Location: Knox College, 59 St. George St., Toronto, ON  M5S 2E6