A program exploring astronomical objects — “Nebulas and Constellations: What Do You See?” — will be presented at 4 p.m. April 1 at the Winfield Public Library.  

The program, open to the public at no charge, is accessible to a variety of audiences from grade-school children to adults.

Dr. Robert Gallup, professor of physics and mathematics at Southwestern College, will present the program.

Participants will look at photographs of nebulas (clouds of dust and gas in space from which stars and planets form) and describe what they think the nebulas look like (much like looking at clouds in the sky).  

A discussion about why we see patterns and shapes in clouds and nebulas will be included.

Participants will also look at pictures of star fields and invent their own constellations.

Gallup has had a lifelong fascination with astronomy, which led him to pursue a bachelor of science degree in physics from California State University-Fresno.

He then continued his studies at the University of California-Davis and completed a Ph.D. in computational physics in 1990. His dissertation research focused on the electronic properties of novel, man-made materials.

Currently, Gallup is finishing his 24th year of teaching at Southwestern College, where he teaches courses in physics, mathematics, and astronomy.

“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space,” a national traveling exhibition, remains on display through April 19 at the Winfield Public Library.   

For a full schedule of events throughout the tour, visit www.wpl.org or call (620) 221-4470.

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