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Topic - Infrared Astronomy

Infrared Astronomy:
More Than the Eyes Can See

     If you wish to view a tape of this show; Please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.

presented by Dr. Michelle Thaller
JPL Astronomer, Space Infrared Telescope Facility

Thursday, April 19 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
Friday, April 20 The Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

What cosmic mysteries lie behind the thick curtain of dust and clouds that surrounds the solar system and the galaxy? Our eyes limit what we can see, but with the aid of infrared telescopes, a whole new universe is revealing itself to us. Infrared cameras are used here on Earth by firefighters looking for people trapped in smoky rooms, and now astronomers are using them in much the same way to search for mysterious objects hidden in the vast clouds of dust that drift between the stars. Lurking inside these clouds are some of the most dramatic mysteries the universe has to offer, from the birth of stars and planets to the awesome destructive power of massive black holes. This presentation will highlight JPL's goals and achievements in infrared astronomy, and with the help of the audience, demonstrate the type of technology that makes it possible.

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