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Learn from Chicago Lecturer Without Leaving Duluth

May 2, 2016

A famous cosmologist, Michael Turner, will make a virtual visit to the UMD Planetarium on May 5.

Turner, the director of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, will present a lecture live from the University of Chicago via new technology at UMD’s facility.

Marc Seigar is the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium director and said, “We can coordinate a full-dome presentation from anywhere in the world with our new projection system. There’s so much potential to learn about new things and for us to share what’s unique about our part of the world, too.”

Turner’s presentation is titled, “From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond.” While he will not be there physically, he will be able to take questions from the audience. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Seigar. “Turner is working on some of the biggest questions about the cosmos and whether our universe is part of a larger multiverse.”

The UMD Planetarium is planning for this to be one of many events connecting visitors to planetariums around the world. The cost to attend is $5 for the public and $3 for students with ID.

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is part of UMD’s Swenson College of Science & Engineering. The college has about 3,100 undergraduates and 220 graduate students and is home to ten academic departments, as well as the Large Lakes Observatory, the UMD Air Force ROTC program, and the Iron Range Engineering program. SCSE connects students with hands-on research opportunities through its collaboration with multiple research institutions and area businesses. To learn more, visit: