Rochester Academy of Science Free Public Lecture
“Astronomical Images – the Oldest and the Newest.”
This is the keynote address at the daylong Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. They will show exciting images from the James Webb Space Telescope together with recently discovered long lost ancient and medieval star charts using advanced imaging technologies on ancient manuscripts. Dr. Easton will be on Zoom from Verona, Italy with Dr. Kartaltepe live with us, and with Dr. Easton’s students providing a live demonstration of the imaging equipment.
RIT Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Dr. Easton’s specialty is using advanced imaging technologies to recover long lost texts from ancient manuscripts which are faded or used recycled parchment. One example of such recovered documents is by Greek astronomer Hipparchus. (c. 190 – c. 120 BCE) who created the earliest known star chart but this had been long lost. In 2017, part of it was found when a medieval manuscript was analyzed to recover the text that had been lost when scraped clean to reuse the parchment pages.
RIT School of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Kartaltepe is an astrophysicist expert in galaxy formation and evolution. She currently studies the oldest galaxies yet found by the James Webb Space Telescope. Her study with peers published this past August confirmed that the very distant Maisie’s Galaxy existed when the 13.8 billion-year-old universe was just around 390 million years old, which is incredibly young for our cosmic expanse. This makes it one of the four earliest galaxies ever seen by human eyes.
Use Main Entrance off Jefferson Road. At traffic circle bear right onto Andrews Memorial Drive. Take Reynolds Drive to the "S" parking lot. FREE parking.
Reynolds Drive becomes a walkway as you walk north. Gosnell Hall is just east of Orange Hall, Entrance is at southeast corner.
This puts you on the ground floor. There are floor maps here. Go up the stairs to the first floor and head down the hall to the Auditorium, Room 1250
Dr. Larry King founded our Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session in 1974. This year's is our 49th session.