Tyler Junior College

Public Astronomy Lecture Series continues Thursday

Published Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Are the constellations we know today the same that the ancient Egyptians knew? What astronomical events were important to those before us and are still in use today?

These and other questions regarding the night sky will be answered in the March Public Astronomy Lecture Series set 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.

Admission is $5, or free with a valid TJC ID.

The TJC science center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus.

Speaker will be Dr. Cheri Davis, assistant director of the planetarium and observatory and adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Davis holds advanced degrees in education and broadfield studies with a focus in physics. Davis is a fellow of the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium, has taught in public schools, and participates in the LeoTeach program designed to promote STEM education. Davis is involved in two areas of research, photometric study of asteroids and teacher preparation, and longevity of teachers in science disciplines.

What is commonly understood of the night sky is heavily influenced from stories and cultural beliefs handed down through generations. This talk will include archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy, or the cultural influences upon what is considered common knowledge regarding the constellations and specific stars. Archaeoastronomy offers insight to ancient beliefs, or our understanding of such beliefs, and why the night sky was important to the way of life for many who came before our time.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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