Session 1

Frontiers in Modern Astronomy

Galaxies and Universes

Join the Pacific Department of Physics to experience exciting frontiers in modern astronomy. Learn how world-class telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope are being used to investigate the most distant galaxies in the Universe and discover exoplanets that might harbor alien life. With interactive activities and nighttime stargazing with our faculty, it's sure to be an excellent experience for all.


Frontiers of Modern Astronomy is an opportunity to explore the Universe and experience first-hand how astronomers work to answer the big questions: how the Universe formed, why the stars shine and how we can look for life elsewhere in the Universe. The program is led by astronomers in the Department of Physics who will share their own experiences of discovery and exploration in planets, galaxies and the Universe.

Professor Hutter looking through a telescope
Planned Topics

During the day, you will be learning about the Earth, Sun and moon, and our celestial neighbors within the solar system. You will learn about the stars and the night sky, in our planetarium during the day and under the stars at night. You will learn how astronomers are racing to find Earth-like planets in other star systems, and look for life in the Universe. You will learn about galaxies, from our own Milky Way to the most distant objects in the Universe. You will learn from astronomers how discoveries are made, and how we unlock the secrets of the cosmos.

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