TMC Hosts Dec 7th Observatory Open House – “Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night”

Supernovae — Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night
Presented by:  Dr. Thomas Pannuti

Supernova explosions are amongst the most dramatic events that occur in our Universe. Observations of these explosions in our own galaxy commanded significant interest during the course of human history (including a mention in Hamlet!) while the discovery of these events in nearby galaxies has become routine in modern astronomy. Supernovae have continued to command a considerable amount of interest from both observational and theoretical perspectives among the community of professional astronomers. In my talk, I will provide historical background on the study of these objects along with current theories about how these explosions occur, unresolved issues in the studies of these sources and the uses of supernova explosions as probes for cosmology.

Dr. Thomas Pannuti is an associate professor of space science and astrophysics at Morehead State University. He works at the Space Science Center at MSU and is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. His research interests center on multi-wavelength (X-ray, optical, infrared and radio) observations of Galactic and extragalactic supernova remnants.

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the moon, stars, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

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When and Where:
Please note that this event begins at 7PM due to the end of Daylight Saving Time!

Saturday, December 7th
7:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
8:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

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FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

TMC Sponsors Reading by Regional Authors Michael Henson, Rhonda Pettit, and Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel

November Visiting Author flyerRegional authors Michael Henson and Rhonda Pettit join Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel to read from and discuss their newest works of poetry and prose as part of Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Author Series. Join us for this free literary event on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, KY. Signing will follow.

Michael Henson is the author of three books of fiction and three of poetry. His newest work, the novella Tommy Perdue (MotesBooks), is a memorable and revealing morality tale straight out of 21st century America which explores issues of community and addiction in urban life.  UC professor Rhonda Pettit’s courses explore the intersections between creative writing, literature, and women’s studies. Her new poetry collection, Fetal Waters (Finishing Line Press, 2013), offers lyrical observation and discussion of race, gender, and war.

Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence, Pauletta Hansel, is the author of four poetry collections, the latest of which, The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011), has been described by former North Carolina poet laureate Cathy Smith Bowers as a “beautifully crafted and deeply felt walk through the many mansions of the human heart.”

Thomas More College’s Fall 2013 Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Author Series is supported by a grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee.