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Seminars and Events

Boise State University Department of Physics

Seminars are held on Fridays from 1:30–2:30PM in MPCB 118

 Special Events

First Friday Astronomy Lecture and Stargazing in Newly Reopened Observatory

February’s First Friday Astronomy Lecture and Stargazing event, will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2

What is the Universe made of? Shortly after the Big Bang, the answer
was dark matter, hydrogen, and helium. The key elements of life —
oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, iron — are synthesized later, in the cores
of stars, and returned to the surrounding gas when the stars explode
as supernovae.

Join the Boise State Physics Department at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2
in the Multi-Purpose Classroom Building, room 101, to hear astronomer
Dr. Christy Tremonti from the University of Wisconsin-Madison discuss
her research on the chemical evolution of galaxies, as they accrete
gas, turn gas into stars, and blow-out newly synthesized elements in
supernova-driven winds. (MPCB map at

At 8:30 p.m., following the lecture and presentation series, we will
stargaze on the rooftop of the Education Building at the newly
refurbished Boise State Observatory, weather permitting.

The event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Prof.
Brian Jackson at