Where Do Our Constellations Come From?

Caryl D. Philips Space Theater

There are 88 constellations widely used today, and the popular view is that they were largely invented by the ancient Greeks. But the reality is much more diverse and surprising!

There is evidence that these modern constellations come from Stone Age peoples, Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, early classical Greeks, late classical Greeks, early Dutch navigators, and Renaissance astronomers.

Learn about exciting new research on the vast history of our constellations at this special Evening of Astronomy presention “Where Do Our Constellations Come From?” featuring Bradley E. Schaefer, PhD, Louisiana State University.

Admission to the special presentation is FREE and open to the public; seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. It will take place directly following Science Cinema: The Incredibles.

About the Speaker

Bradley E. Schaefer
Professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Louisiana State University

Dr. Schaefer took his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 in Physics, and he took his Ph. D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 in Physics. He worked for 11 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, primarily studying Gamma-Ray Bursts with the BATSE experiment on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory. Then he was a professor at Yale University with a joint appointment in the Department of Astronomy and in the Department of Physics. At Louisiana State University, he has won campus-wide teaching awards, including the Alumni Professorship and the Distinguished Faculty Award, which are given for excellence in teaching. Schaefer has 218 publications in refereed journals.

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