Joliet Junior College will host an astronomy talk about stardust given by Dr. Philipp Heck, Robert A. Pritzker Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The talk, entitled “Stardust from Meteorites: Studying the Oldest Material on Earth,” is free to the public and will take place in D-2001. Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m., prior to the presentation.
Stardust can be more than 4.6 billion years old, making it the oldest material on Earth. Heck will present his research on the material, including insight on parent stars and his own studies on the search for modern stardust. He will also discuss NASA’s stardust space mission.
As the head of meteorites and polar studies at the Field Museum, Heck oversees the collection of meteorites at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, which houses more than 8,000 specimens and more than 1,500 different meteorites. Heck’s other responsibilities include the curation of the gem, mineral, rock and economic geology collections. Heck is also a member of the Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry based at the University of Chicago.
More information about Heck can be found on the Field Museum’s website: http://meteorites.fieldmuseum.org/node/11
Questions about the astronomy talk should be directed to Noella Dcruz, professor of astronomy, at 815-280-2572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.