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First Anniversary Celebration!

By AJG, January 1, 2010

Join us on ‘Astronomy 2009′ island during our 1 year anniversary week! On January 6, 2009 our island opened to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009. We’ll continue to engage and inspire residents of Second Life in astronomy through 2010 as we are also celebrating our generous sponsors!

We’ll be streaming in live talks from the 215th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society happening in Washington, DC. All times for events are listed in SLT (Second Life Time).  You will need audio capabilities as we will be streaming the feed through Voice and running a copy the presenter’s slides/media locally on the island.


Mon Jan 4, 2009 1:30-2:30pm SLT
Location: (Blue-domed Amphitheater)
LeRoy Doggett Prize:
Seventeen Key Developments in the History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate
Michael J. Crowe, University of Notre Dame

Michael J. CroweThe extraterrestrial life debate, rather than beginning in the twentieth century, was already underway in classical antiquity and has continued almost without interruption until the present. This historical presentation, based on the presenter’s many years of historical research including visits to over forty research libraries, will survey seventeen of the most significant, exciting, and/or controversial turning points in this debate, involving those associated with such figures as Aristotle, Epicurus, Cusa, Copernicus, Bruno, Kepler, Fontenelle, Huygens, Herschel, Paine, Locke, Whewell, Proctor, Schiaparelli, Lowell, Maunder, Antoniadi, Wallace, Hubble, Brock, and the discoverers of the exoplanets. The discussion will include both astronomical and cultural issues and challenge various historical interpretations that appear in the literature. It will also provide some suggestions concerning the role that non-scientific issues, including metaphysical and religious issues, have at times played in the debate. Among the theses proposed in this talk are: (1) this debate has centered on one of the great questions humanity faces, (2) some of the effects that are predicted to follow if astronomers detect extraterrestrial intelligent beings have already occurred, and (3) not only has astronomy affected the debate, but the debate has had significant impacts on astronomy.

Mon Jan 4, 2009 3:30pm-5:00pm SLT
Location: (Blue-domed Amphitheater)
Germant Prize:
Science as Performance: Communicating and Educating through Theater, Music, and Dance

Brian B. Schwartz, CUNY

Brian B. SchwartzTheater, music, dance, the literary and the visual arts can convey the joys and controversies of science. We describe a program at the Graduate Center entitled Science & the Arts which is designed to communicate to the public the excitement and wonder of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Over the past few years there have been major successes in communicating science to the public through the arts. This is especially evident in theater, film and opera with such recent plays as Copenhagen, the Oscar winning film A Beautiful Mind and the opera Doctor Atomic at the Met. The performance series Science & the Arts has been developed and tested at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in mid-Manhattan for more than nine years, see . We have established working relationships with actors, playwrights, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, artists and scientists who work at the intersection of science and the arts. In this presentation we will illustrate many of our collaborations in theater, dance, music and art. Faculty members, professionals and students from the university, other educational institutions, museums, theaters and government laboratories as well as the public with an interest science and arts programs should find this presentation of particular interest.  Supported in part by the National Science Foundation, NSF PHY-0431660.

Tues Jan 5, 2009 7:30am-8:30am  SLT
Location: (Blue-domed Amphitheater)

Join us for a live NASA Great Observatories image unveiling!  Locally in DC they will be unveiling a new Hubble image as an 18 foot printed mural! Come see our Second Life release of the image and learn why the image is not only visually stunning, but what it is telling us about our universe!

Wed Jan 6, 2009 5:30am-6:20am SLT PENDING GRID STATUS (it’s supposed to be down)
: (Oversize seating arena, east side of island)
Invited Talk: Astronaut and Scientist John Grunsfeld, Shuttle Atlantis

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