Saturday, 07 December, 2013
Sean Lindsay, a postdoctoral research associate in the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will host a public talk about the bright Comet ISON. Comet ISON will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and hopefully be visible to the naked eye in early December.
The talk will take place 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 in the Nielsen Physics Building, Room 415. Parking is available for a fee in Volunteer Hall across Cumberland Avenue.
The discussion will cover what comets are, Comet ISON and how comets help us understand the formation of the Solar System and what knowledge scientists hope to glean from comet ISON's passage through the inner Solar System.
Comet ISON is an especially beautiful and bright comet. It recently cruised through the constellation Virgo, and it will brush just 1.16 million miles past the sun on Thanksgiving Day.