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"The Extreme Universe" - Free Lecture November 14th at Foothill College

Andrew Fraknoi

On Wednesday evening, November 14th, at 7 pm, Dr. Lynn Cominsky of Sonoma State University will give an illustrated talk on "Exploding Stars, Blazing Galaxies, and Giant Black Holes: The Extreme Universe of Gamma-ray Astronomy." The program is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Admission is free and the public is invited. Call the program hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information. The series is co-sponsored by NASA's Ames Research Center, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, and Foothill's Division of Physical Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

The program will be held at Foothill College's Smithwick Theater in Los Altos Hills. From Interstate 280, exit at El Monte Road and travel west to the campus. Park in the first lot you come to and climb the stairs to the theater. Visitors must purchase a required campus parking permit for $2.

Dr. Cominsky will discuss how current (and future) telescopes in space can help us explore some of the most bizarre and intriguing objects in the cosmos. Gamma rays, the most energetic waves that the universe sends to us, can show us dying stars, stellar corpses devouring one another, and gargantuan explosions in the hearts of other galaxies - places and phenomena whose power dwarfs all human activity.

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