Astronomer to give presentation at BU

For immediate release: Oct. 10, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Harvard University graduate and astronomer Jay Pasachoff will discuss “Triple Syzygy: Eclipses, Transits and Occultations” Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in Kehr Union, multipurpose room A, as part of the Harlow Shapely Visiting Lecture at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He’ll present a second lecture Friday, Oct. 17, at noon in Hartline Science Center, room B16.

Pasachoff, who is a professor of astronomy at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., will present information on future solar eclipses, how the planets Mercury and Venus appear to move in space and the status of Pluto as a planet. His presentation is based on research supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA and the National Geographic Society. His research was recognized in 2003 with the education prize from the American Astronomical Society. He also served as president of the Commission on Education and Development of the International Astronomical Union and from 2003 to 2006.

The two-day Harlow Shapely Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society features presentations by professional astronomers and is designed to bring new discoveries in modern astronomy and astrophysics to undergraduate institutions throughout North America. The lecture, hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department, is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.