News Release Details

10/23/2010

Lecture series continues at Discovery Park Campus

Story Photo
[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College will offer a lecture, “Blasts from the Past: Super Nova Remnants,” by William Gatesx, on Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in Discovery Park Campus’ Jupiter Room. About this image: When a massive star exploded, spewing out its gaseous layers into a turbulent, star-forming region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, it left behind this chaotic cloud of gas and dust. The star that produced this supernova remnant, numbered N33A, was probably 50 times t
 

By Stephanie Caffall

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College will offer a lecture by William Gates entitled, “Blasts from the Past: Super Nova Remnants,” featuring images of the distant universe taken by the some of the world’s preeminent observatories. Admission for the presentation is free for all and will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in Discovery Park Campus’ Jupiter Room.

“Supernova remnants are some of the most beautiful sights to be seen through a telescope. Variances in temperature, composition, and distance create dazzling displays of colors and shapes that are simply spectacular to behold,” Gates said. “These blasts can be seen across billions of light years, but the shreds that remain can only be studied in detail within a relatively local region of our Milky Way galaxy.”

Gates’ observations have been featured in “Sky and Telescope,” and “Meteor News,” and he is currently completing a 10-part series about supernova remnants for “Amateur Astronomy” magazine. Following two years as an adjunct instructor at the University of New Mexico, he began a 20-year career as a high school science teacher in Portland, Oregon. He eventually became the school’s master teacher before retiring to Tucson.

There will be door prizes, tours, space shuttle simulator rides, as well as star gazing from the observatory. For more information, contact Paul Anger, director of Discover Park Campus, at (928) 428-6260.

–30–