Tyler Junior College

Physics professor to discuss Comet ISON

Published Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Comets will be the topic of discussion for the November installment of the Fall Public Astronomy Lecture Series set 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC.

Admission is $5 per person, and the program is open to all ages. The TJC science center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus.

Program speaker Douglas Parsons, professor of astronomy at TJC, will discuss Comet ISON and the characteristics of comets as well as when and where they formed. With dry ice, a practical demonstration will show how comets are formed.

Parsons has a Master of Science degree in physics and astronomy from Stephen F. Austin State University. His expertise is in the construction of photo-polarimetric devices for astronomical phenomena.
The Public Astronomy Lecture Series began in 2004 and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC. Throughout the semester, academic experts and scholars speak on topics related to science, education and public outreach.

Formerly known as Hudnall Planetarium, the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Coming up: Science/Faith Weekend
• Saturday, Nov. 23: Dr. Karl Giberson, “America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy,” in the TJC Apache Rooms
• Sunday, Nov. 24: Science & Faith Panel Discussion, in the TJC Apache Rooms

For more information on the TJC science center, go to www.tjc.edu/cesse.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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