This Friday, the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College is shining a light on female astronomers with a special presentation called Women in Astronomy. We caught up with the planetarium’s director, Derek Demeter, to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event!
What is the event about and what can attendees expect to learn? Is there a special format for the event?
Derek: Women in Astronomy is a show that spotlights the women who have helped to shape the study of astronomy and our place in the Universe. The presentation explores their incredible contributions to our collective understanding of the cosmos.
What age group would this event appeal to?
Derek: It’s very kid-friendly! The show is recommended for ages 9 and up due to the historical content of the show. However, we welcome anyone to attend.
Can you give us an example of one "stellar" woman in astronomy?
Derek: One of the women we talk about in the show is Henrietta Leavitt who was one of the Harvard Computers in the late 19th century. She was able to calculate the distance of stars by determining a relationship between the star's luminosity and its change in brightness. She used special stars called Cepheid Variables as they change in brightness at a consistent regularity. This relationship eventually allowed us to figure out the distance of other galaxies and eventually our understanding that the Universe is expanding.
What are you most excited about for this event?
Derek: I am very excited to be able to shed the light on many of these wonderful scientists that history leaves behind. We all know about Galileo, Newton, and Einstein but many know very little about these female astronomers. I am also hoping that this show will ignite a fire of inspiration for more girls to pursue science as a career.
Check out the Facebook event here.
The presentation begins at 8:30 p.m. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the presentation, and seating is first come, first served. Tickets are required for the presentation and can be purchased at the door. Pricing is $6 for adults, $4 for students and adults 55+, and free for Seminole State students, faculty, and staff.
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