UW Astronomer to Speak at Museum

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2 p.m.
Lecture: "Red Stars, Blue Stars, Old Stars, New Stars."
University of Washington Research Professor of Astronomy Dr. Julie Lutz is passionate about the evolution of stars. Astronomer Carl Sagan used to say "we are all star-stuff." On Saturday, April 4 Lutz will be at the Museum with an entertaining and illuminating program looking at the lives of the stuff we are made of, "Red Stars, Blue Stars, Old Stars, New Stars." Lutz is experienced in astronomy education for all age groups and perspectives including those of K-12 educators, museums, science centers and after-school programs. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. AllenTheater, and is free with admission to the Museum. 
 
Lutz is the Director of the Manastash Ridge Observatory near Ellensburg, Wa., and has been the Director of the Astronomical Sciences Division with the National Science Foundation. She has also served as the Director of NASA's Space Science Network Northwest and the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center. Lutz is currently involved in research projects searching for variability in planetary nebula central stars and symbiotic stars, and searching for halo planetary nebulae.
 
The lecture is also part of the Museum's participation in the international 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project project, April 2-5.
 
For more information on the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project: http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/

For more information on the International Year of Astronomy: http://astronomy2009.us/