Coe's Thursday Forum explores the cosmos

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2016-01-21 09:33:38 - General

Firdevs Duru
Firdevs Duru

Our sun, eight planets, five known dwarf planets, and all the other objects orbiting around the sun will be explored at Coe College in the opening Thursday Forum series of 2016.

Physics instructor Firdevs Duru will provide an overview of our solar system beginning Feb. 4. The forum starts with a look at our space in the universe, giving examples to visualize the size of solar system objects. The notion of time is also presented. The physical processes that govern the solar system are also explained and stars are introduced.

The second session covers our three main celestial objects: the sun, the moon and Earth. The third lecture is about the three inner planets, and small solar system objects. The planetary data and main characteristics of Mercury, Venus and Mars will be explored. A special emphasis will be given to Mars and spacecraft missions to the red planet.

The series concludes Feb. 25 with "Gas Giants and beyond" and will provide information about the four outer planets and trans-Neptunian objects.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8523.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "A Look at our Solar System: The Sun, the Planets and More" - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25.
  • "Asia Minor: A 3500-Year History" - March 3, 17, 24, 31.
  • "A Historical and Cultural Perspective on Travel to Cuba by US Citizens: A Century of Flux, Paradox and Contradiction" - March 10.
  • "The Evolution of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll: A Closer Look at Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones" - April 7, 14, 21, 28.

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