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Wonder and Awe in Astronomy

Dylan Jow

June 18th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

Pillars of Creation (Credit: NASA)

The heavens have captured the imagination of all cultures and civilizations since the beginning of human history. Carried out in part by today’s modern astronomers, interpreting the stars is part of our shared heritage as a species. Why does astronomy hold such a central place in our minds? Given that it’s unlikely the cure to cancer is written in the stars, what role does the scientific discipline play in modern society?

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June 18, 2020