A closer look at the sun and the universe

Two free events on October 23 will showcase the wonders of the universe.

From 1:15 – 2:45 p.m., a public observation of the sun with a solar telescope will offer opportunities to see solar prominences, solar flares and related events. Come to the north side of the Hennings building and cross your fingers for a sunny day.

Later, experts will talk about “The Universe: Its Structure and Its Support of Life,” 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Earth Sciences building. Join Dr. Graca Rocha of California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dr. Pascal Lee of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in exploring such questions as: Why is the universe the way it is? Are we alone in our galaxy? And can we ever achieve interstellar travel?