By Ric Lasher, Brevard Center Tutor
I tutor Peter C., a student at the Brevard Center, who is currently taking an Astronomy class at Brevard Community College. One of the assignments that was required of the class was to write a paper about the experience they had after attending an Astronomy lecture. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to gain some information about one of my special interests.
I was fortunate to meet up with Peter at Brevard Community College’s Cocoa campus where we were able to see a free Space and Astronomy lecture under their planetarium dome. The guest speaker was Matthew Wood, a professor from the Florida Institute of Technology’s Physics and Space Sciences Department. The lecture was about the Kepler Mission, which was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The purpose of the mission is to explore extraterrestrial planets that are capable of sustaining life by using a telescope to find changes in light that indicate a planet passing in front of a star.The results so far have found an excess of 2000 planets, 300 of which have been confirmed.
Afterward, we were able to go to the observatory to attempt to look through the enormous telescope that is housed at the planetarium.
Overall, it was a really neat experience for us both to share while learning about technology and the information it brings.