APPLE VALLEY — In preparation of the upcoming Great American Eclipse, the Lewis Center for Educational Research hosted two esteemed radio astronomers at the Mojave River Campus on Wednesday.
Dr. David Jauncey, a retired radio astronomer from Canberra, Australia, worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and is an expert on all things relating to black holes and quasars, according to school officials. He is also one of the lead scientists for the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program.
On Wednesday, Jauncey spoke to students, parents and Lewis Center staff about the history of radio astronomy, how the very first quasar was discovered and why radio astronomy is important to deep space exploration, Lewis Center CEO Lisa Lamb said.
“Dr. Jauncey is considered a distinguished visiting scientist by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it was truly an honor to have him speak at the Lewis Center,” Lamb said.
In addition to Dr. Jauncey, the Lewis Center also welcomed Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, a research astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Lab whose interests range from supermassive black holes at galaxies’ centers to the detection of exoplanets with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and observing sunspots with the GAVRT telescope, Lamb said.
During his talk, entitled “All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Great American Eclipse,” Gorjian talked about what people can expect to see during the eclipse on Aug. 21.
The room was packed with approximately 100 students, parents, educators and community members for the event, Lamb said. The Lewis Center plans to host regular science talks in partnership with NASA/JPL throughout the year to continue a public interest in space and discovery.
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An upcoming issue of the Daily Press will include a guide to viewing the Great American Eclipse in the High Desert. Look for it online at www.vvdailypress.com next weekend.