Vol. 19, No. 33

June 8, 2000

Space scientist to speak

One of Britain's premier space scientists will discuss "A Game of Cosmic Leapfrog: Measuring the Size of the Universe" at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

Speaking will be Martin Barstow, professor of astronomy at the University of Leicester in England. He will take the audience into the far reaches of the universe as he shows how astronomers play a game of cosmic leapfrog in measuring distances to far-away objects. The talk is free and open to the public.

Beginning in this solar system, his talk takes the form of a guided tour to the stars, galaxies and beyond. He uses the latest astronomical images, including many from the Hubble Space Telescope, to show what has been learned about the universe and presents hands-on demonstrations to illustrate the scale of the solar system and show how astronomers measure the distances to other stars and galaxies.

His UD talk, is part of an international conference on astronomy, being hosted by UD from June 12-16.