MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy instructor Greggory “Gregg” McPherson will continue the spring 2023 semester’s Friday Star Parties March 3 with an out-of-this-world presentation.
McPherson will discuss “Inhabiting Other Worlds” starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Room 102 of Wiser-Patten Science Hall, 422 Old Main Circle.
Free parking is available behind Wiser-Patten, and a campus parking map is available at https://bit.ly/MTSUParking.
All Star Parties are free and open to the public. The format is a 30- to 45-minute lecture followed by a telescope viewing by the MTSU Observatory, weather permitting.
“With NASA’s Artemis missions on the horizon looking to ‘establish the first long-term presence on the moon’ and some companies looking ahead to other long-term space endeavors, I was struck by how the dreams of old science fiction are barreling toward becoming a reality,” McPherson said.
“In this talk, I wanted to share about some of the long-term needs of human life removed from Earth and how we might meet those needs and overcome some of the myriad of challenges that can arise from exploring various extreme environments found in our solar system and, time permitting, maybe beyond.”
After his talk, McPherson said Quinn Wilson, president of the MTSU Astronomy Club, will introduce NASA Joint Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador Chuck Schlemm of Burns, Tennessee, who will bring an exhibit on human spacecraft and NASA missions to be displayed.
The spring semester Friday Star Party schedule also will include:
• April 7 — a topic to be announced, led by lecturer Irina Perevalova.
• May 5 — “The Power of Stars in Our Homes,” led by lecturer Neda Naseri.