D for Discovery

RED Series

During “D for Discovery,” the third and final RED Series event August 19 at the Hollywood Tower, Dr. Tyler Nordgren will speak about stars in the city of stars.

“I'll be talking about the astronomy research and outreach I am doing as an astronomer,” he said. “This relates to looking for worlds around other stars as well as exploring the ones around our own sun.”

The RED Series is a partnership between the University of Redlands and 98.7 FM, with the school providing faculty experts to speak on specific topics with emcee Kennedy. The first event, “R for Research” with Professor Johannes Moenius was held in May while “E for Education” with Professor Jose Lalas took place in June.

In addition to astronomy, Nordgren, associate professor of physics, will talk about his involvement with getting NASA’s Curiosity rover to the Red Planet.

“The number one question it is looking to answer is, ‘Were the climate and conditions on Mars ever right for life?’” he said. “This is important because it helps answer the bigger question of how rare is our life-bearing Earth? Are we alone in the universe? Mars is the most Earth-like planet in our solar system and, we now know, was even more like Earth in the past. If even with all these advantages, no life ever evolved there then it points out how precious our own planet is.”

Nordgren will also discuss what we can learn from Mars’ climate.

“Since Mars is now a cold, desert planet, we know that its climate has changed,” he said. “Understanding how this happens sheds light on how we are changing our own climate.”

The “D for Discovery” event will start at 7 p.m., and include food, drinks and live music from Javier Dunn. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Posted: August 12, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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