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Exciting news: the Columbia Astronomy Public Lecture & Stargazing Series is back in full swing! We'll be holding an event every other Friday through April 2023.

Join us in Pupin Hall at Columbia University on the evening of Friday, March 31 for a full night of astronomy! Prof. David Helfand will be giving a talk titled "First Stars! Second Life? The remarkable vision of the James Webb Space Telescope":

"Hubble was great. But Hubble’s eyes, while vastly larger and unobscured by the atmosphere, are pretty much like our own — limited to just over a single octave of cosmic radiation. We are now opening a new window on the Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope. By far the most complex device ever placed in space, Webb is allowing us to see how the first stars and galaxies emerged from the Dark Ages of the early Universe, and to assay the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system in a search for extraterrestrial life."

We will start the evening at 6pm with some astronomy trivia, followed by Prof. Helfand's talk. From 7:10 - 8:10pm, we will be outside stargazing on College Walk (weather permitting).

The lecture will take place in Pupin Hall 301. Signs will be posted to direct you to the lecture hall, and general directions to Columbia and Pupin Hall can be found under the "Directions" tab. Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia's main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all -- stay only as long as you want. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out the RSVP form at tinyurl.com/columbia-astro-march31.

If you'd like to be added to the Columbia Astronomy Outreach emailing list, navigate to the "Contact" tab on the left or send us an email at astro-outreach-admin@columbia.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in Pupin Hall this semester!