Marquette University News Release

Director of NASA’s Chandra X-ray satellite to speak at Marquette

August 22, 2013

Event Information
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium,
1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Specially designed satellite captures hot regions of the universe

 Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, director of the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present “Highlights from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory” Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave. The event, hosted by the Marquette Physics Department, is free and open to the public.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope designed to detect X-ray emissions from extremely hot regions of the universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies and matter around black holes. Tanabaum co-led the team that proposed the satellite to NASA and has served as the director of the Chandra X-ray Center since 1991. The center operates the satellite, processes the data the satellite collects and distributes the data to scientists for analysis.

Tananbaum received a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Yale University in 1964, and his doctorate in physics from MIT in 1968. Among his numerous awards, Tananbaum has received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1980, the NASA Public Service Award in 1988 and the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership in 2000. In 2005, he was elected as a member to the National Academy of Science, considered one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a U.S. scientist or engineer.

About the Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics
The lecture series was established in 2005 through a generous donation by Mrs. Mercedes Hurley Hughes, alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences and Marquette Trustee Emerita. As director of the Vatican Observatory, the Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., has led a team of Jesuit astronomers in conducting cutting-edge astronomical research and in developing new telescopes and other instrumentation for studying the cosmos.

The annual Coyne Lecture honors the tradition of excellence in research exemplified by the Rev. Coyne by bringing an outstanding astronomer or astrophysicist to the Marquette campus to give a public lecture explaining his or her research. The Coyne lecturer is selected annually by faculty members of Marquette’s physics department.

Past presenters of the Coyne Lecture include the Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J. (2006), Edward W. (Rocky) Kolb (2007), James Gates (2008), Ray Arvidson (2009), Anne Kinney (2010), Joseph H. Taylor (2012) and David W. Latham (2013) .

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