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Lecture Series 2011-2012 - “Best Short Astronomy Videos” - Robert Nemiroff


Friday, January 6, 2012


Robert Nemiroff, professor of physics at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, will address the AAA on “Best Short Astronomy Videos,” Friday, January 6. The free public lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Kaufmann Theater of the American Museum of Natural History.

Nemiroff and Jerry T. Bonnell—a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center—cofounded and together run the popular Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website. One or the other has given a presentation to the club each year on the best astronomy pictures of the previous year. But this year, it’s videos. “I decided to try something different, and there have been some really cool short videos on APOD,” Nemiroff says.

Last year, APOD, which was founded in 1995, reached one million hits per day. The APOD archive is one of the largest collections of annotated astronomical images on the Internet. It is disseminated in 16 languages.

Nemiroff’s research areas include gamma-ray bursts, gravitational lensing, cosmology, and sky monitoring. He’s placed video lectures from his classes “Introductory Astronomy” and “Extraordinary Concepts in Physics” on iTunes and elsewhere on the Internet for free.