Women Astronomers for Adults and Kids!

March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nordlof Center, 2nd floor
118 N. Main Street
Rockford Public Library

Women Astronomers: Then and Now
Panel Presentation & Discussion for Women’s History Month
Thursday, March 21
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St.
Rehearsal Room

Free event highlighting Henrietta Leavitt & other pioneering women astronomers – from the Artists’ Ensemble play “Silent Sky” – and women astronomers now, starting with a short reading from the play.

The presentation features comments about the play, the book The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, and the status of women in astronomy today. The panelists include: Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D., Program Chair & Assoc. Prof. of Physics at Rockford University; Deborah Breiter, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science, Math & Nursing at Rockford University; Marj Christen and Karen Christen of Astro-Physics, Inc.; and Carolyn Cadigan, Lisa Turbyville, & Charlie Rasmann of Artists’ Ensemble Theater.

Many attendees will likely have seen the play, and copies of the book The Glass Universe are available to check-out from RPL for those interested. After an introduction for all ages (including the short reading from the play), children will go to the “Look Up” program across the hall.

Look Up!
Women in Astronomy for Kids
Thursday, March 21
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St.
Large Multipurpose Room – Free!

Learn about stars, planets, more while learning about Henrietta Leavitt, one of the first woman astronomers. Free!

Be dazzled by the stars! Be amazed by the universe! Explore astronomy and find out what pioneering woman astronomer Henrietta Leavitt found irresistible about the cosmos, leading her to become one of the first female astronomers to make breakthrough discoveries in astronomy. We will get to see a short presentation from the stage play about Ms. Leavitt’s life, Silent Sky, presented by Artists’ Ensemble Theater and then let our imaginations soar to the stars and get a controlled look at the night sky in a portable inflatable planetarium presented by The Discovery Center Museum. Use your eyes to hop from constellation to constellation, identify a Cepheid variable star, compare magnitudes, star colors, and more.

This program is co-sponsored by Discovery Center Museum and will be held in conjunction with the panel discussion Women Astronomers Then and Now, an adult panel discussion about the history and current status of women in astronomy today, which will be going on across the hall.

Look Up! is designed for ages 8-12. Registration encouraged, so reserve your seat today. (815-987-6626, www.rockfordpubliclirary.org).

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