Rowan Physics and Astronomy Department presents annual Spring Equinox Lecture on March 30

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will host its annual Spring Equinox Lecture on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will host its annual Spring Equinox Lecture on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall.

Dr. Jessica Sunshine will speak on “Deep Impact DIXI Missions: Exploring Comets.”

Sunshine is a professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland. Prior to her appointment at Maryland she was chief scientist for the Science Applications International Corporation. She is an expert in using spectroscopy to determine the composition of comets, asteroids and other solar system objects.

Sunshine is involved with four current missions to comets and asteroids, including the Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI) that was instrumental in the discovery of water on the Moon. She will discuss DIXI as well as other missions in which she has been active.

Due to limited seating in the planetarium, the department will offer free reserved seating for this event. Persons who wish to attend should send email requests for reservations to Planetarium Director Keith Johnson (johnsonk@rowan.edu); he will confirm your seat. A person without email access may call Johnson at (856) 256-4389, but this method may be less reliable.

Reserved seats will be held until 6:45 p.m., after which they will be released for those who do not have reservations. The department recommends arriving by 6:40.

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