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National Simultaneous Star Festival Lectures

2010-7-7 (Wed) 6:00 p.m. -

National Simultaneous Star Festival ["Tanabata"] Lectures

Osaka University Tanabata Lectures

The lectures on the night of July 7, Tanabata, is the ideal event for learning about the stars. Won't you join us?

Two professors of the Department of Earth and Space Science, Graduate School of Science at Osaka University will present easy-to-understand lectures on the evening of Wednesday, July 7. Professor Matsuda will speak about meteorites and Associate Professor Nakajima, about the Milky Way galaxy. Please join us!


  • Lecture #1

"What exactly are meteorites?" -- MATSUDA Junichi, Professor

The first records about meteorites were made in Japan during the Heian Era. Professor Matsuda will talk about the different types of meteorites and recent research regarding the conditions prior to the formation of our solar system.

  • Lecture #2

"The Sound of Heaven's River"* -- NAKAJIMA Daisuke, Assistant Professor

With Assistant Professor Nakajima, participants will take a look at recent revelations from deep in the Milky Way and the elegant echoes of light that still reverberate in that "river" from the primordial Big Bang.

*Note: The Japanese name for the "Milky Way" is literally "River of Heaven." The title of this lecture refers to the sounds of that river.]


  • Venue: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Machikaneyama Museum, Museum of Osaka University
  • This event is open to anyone interested in these topics; a connection to Osaka University is not a prerequisite.
  • There is no charge for admission.
  • Venue capacity: 40 (if more than 40 persons apply, successful applicants will be chosen by lottery)
  • Application deadline: applications must be received by Wednesday, June 30

How to make application:

  • Email: Send your (1) name, (2) age or year in school, and (3) your telephone number to tanabata10@ess.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp. In the case of family or group application, please include the (1) names and (2) ages or years in school of the different members.
  • Return postcard: Write your (1) name, (2) age or year in school, and (3) your telephone number on a return postcard and send it to the address noted below. In the case of family or group application, please include the (1) names and (2) ages or years in school of the different members.
    Note: Be sure to write your [return] address on the return half of the postcard. Do not write anything else on that postcard; we will use the blank message portion to notify you as to whether your application was successful or not.

 

Address:

Department of Earth and Space Science
1-1, Machikaneyamacho, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka 560-0043

 


Tanabata lecture poster image

 

The Astronomical Society of Japan and the Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy are sponsoring events similar to this one at various locations throughout Japan on July 7th and on the weekends immediately preceding or following July 7. The event at Osaka University is sponsored by the Department of Earth and Space Science and the Museum of Osaka University.

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