Monday, January 13th – Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Speaker: Greg Novacek

Topic:  Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Date/Time: Monday January 13th, 7:30

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)


At one time comets were the harbingers of disaster.  Today we know that they are nothing more than a “dirty” snowball from the far reaches of the solar system. At this Science Café presentation we will review our current understanding of comets; learn about a space mission that will trail a comet as it approaches the sun; and  discover the relationship between comets and meteor showers.


Greg Novacek is the director of the WSU Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Wichita State University.  As director Greg oversee the Center’s activities which include operation of the Lake Afton Public Observatory, the Kansas JASON Project, the Kansas Science Olympiad Tournament, the Kansas Junior Academy of Science Tournament, a lending library of math and science lending kits, and numerous classroom presentation in area schools.  He also serves as director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory and is involved in public and school programming, exhibit design and construction, and so on.  When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and “playing” photographer.  Greg received a B.S. in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.S. in Physics from Wichita State University.



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