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CANCELLED: Astronomy Open Night
Start Date: 2/5/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/5/2016

Event Description:

Cancelled due to weather conditions. 

Speaker: Max Katz, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Lecture Topic: Seasons in the Sun
Our local star plays a key role in supporting life on Earth through a warm (but not too warm) climate, but there are multiple factors that determine the nature of Earth's climate. Our atmosphere plays a key role in mediating the interaction between the Sun's energy and the Earth's surface, reflecting some of the light and trapping some of it too. The distance from the Sun plays a big role too, as well as the orientation of the Earth's rotation axis and the wobbling about that axis over time. In this talk, Katz will discuss the various factors that control Earth's climate and contrast Earth's habitability to the stark inhospitable nature of planets like Venus. He will look at what we know about the relationship between climatic shifts in the past and events like mass extinctions and discuss what is now happening with global warming in an effort to understand how such trace amounts of greenhouse gases can have such a serious effect on our climate.
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001

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