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Astronomy Live: Spooky Space

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sun displays the appearance of a jack o'lantern.

Get in the Halloween spirit and join astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and presenter Mark Popinchalk for a virtual tour in the dome highlighting the universe's most frightening phenomena, from monster asteroids that pass through our system to the deadly radiation that young stars pour on to their newly born planets.




About the Presenters

Jackie Faherty

Dr. Jackie Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education—a unique position that lets her pursue scientific research while mentoring and advising education programs for students and the general public alike. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Dr. Faherty received her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and her Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University in 2010.  After graduate school, she received a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship, which she took to the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. She then received a prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship, which she took to the Carnegie Institution for Science.



Mark Popinchalk_Astro Live Presenter

Mark Popinchalk is a Physics PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works with the Brown Dwarf NYC group and is also a host for Astronomy on Tap. He has more liquid water than Mercury but fewer rings than Saturn, and his favorite color is sky blue pink. 




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