Monday, February 22

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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The Milky Way – home sweet home to our solar system – is the nearest example of a large spiral galaxy, yet it has been surprisingly hard to decipher its structure because of Earth’s location within the galaxy’s disk.

Interstellar dust blocks our view and makes it very hard to see beyond our immediate solar neighborhood. But astronomers have devised clever techniques and made observations across the electromagnetic spectrum to try and understand the Milky Way. Dr. Jason Glenn, director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, will discuss what we have learned about the structure of our Milky Way, giving context from historical developments and culminating in exciting recent measurements that promise to yield a precise description of our galaxy.