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Oct 13

Comets and Astrobiology: How and Why We Study Fossils of the Young Solar System

Saturday 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Overview:
Hubbard Lecture 
Honoring Rosemary Hubbard, PhD, retired biology professor
featuring Marymount Alum
Maria Camarca, Research Assistant
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Science and Exploration Division
“Comets & Astrobiology: How and Why We Study Fossils of the Young Solar System”
Reinsch Auditorium
Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:00pm
hors d'oeuvres reception beginning at 4:30pm
 immediately following Homecoming festivities

Location: Reinsch Auditorium - Main Campus

Throughout human history, comets have played an important role in the human imagination. To ancient civilizations, they were the forebearers of bad news, and it was not until recent centuries that we understood comets are distinct bodies in outer space that orbit the sun. The beauty of comets is not limited to their magnificent physical appearance; they have a significant importance in the field of astrobiology, a field that seeks to understand the origins of life in our Solar System. In this talk, we will learn what a comet is, where they come from, what they are made of, and how we can use infrared spectroscopy to study them from afar.
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