ONLINE ONLY: Gaining a Cosmic Perspective: Our New Place in the Universe

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 6/14/2023
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM
 Connect to the Universe we inhabit and recent astronomical discoveries.

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Dr. Scott Fisher will reveal the wonders of the Universe through a lecture talk that contains pictures and videos from observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope and our own Pine Mountain Observatory. The main goal of the lecture will be to connect us to the Universe we inhabit using an easy-to-grasp scale that explains the actual size of the solar system and Milky Way galaxy. Once we have our new perspective in mind, Dr. Fisher will move into a discussion of one of the most exciting recent discoveries in all of astronomy - the existence of Exo-planets. Exo-planets are planets that are known to orbit stars other than the Sun, as of April 2023 we have confirmed that over 5000 planets exist outside our Solar System.

Along the way our speaker will be very open to questions from the audience and is up for a round of "stump the astronomer" with anyone that attends the event!

Dr. Scott Fisher is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of Physics where he teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the department. Scott is the Director of Pine Mountain Observatory, which is located about 30 miles east of Bend, OR in an area with some of the darkest skies left in the continental US. Scott previously worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he was responsible for selecting and funding astronomy programs across the United States. Before his time in Washington, Scott was based in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked as a staff scientist of the Gemini Observatory. At Gemini, he worked as an instrument scientist and as a member of the Gemini Outreach team.

In addition to his love of astronomy, Scott is an amateur photographer and a Geocacher. When he is not observing, he can often be found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or anywhere with nightlife full of bright neon lights, poker cards, and casino chips!

Presented in collaboration with The Roundhouse Foundation, a private family foundation based in Sisters, Oregon that supports creative solutions to the unique challenges associated with rural culture and the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit their website at

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Library: All Branches
Contact: Laurel Westendorf
Contact Number: 5413121029
Presenter: Dr. Scott Fisher
Link: View Recording