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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Infinite Order

September 2nd, 2009

Story Contact: Kelsey Jackson, (573) 882-8353,

WHAT:  The public is invited to discuss “The Infinite Order: Religion and Astronomy in Ancient India” for this month’s installment of Cosmic Conversations. Afterwards, the lights at Stankowski Field will be shut off and the public is invited to Laws Observatory for the dark sky event. 

Hosted by the University of Missouri Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Laws Observatory and the Central Missouri Astronomical Association, the Cosmic Conversations lecture series is held in honor of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009).

Designated by the United Nations, IYA 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of both the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo Galilei and the publication of Astronomia nova by Johannes Kepler.

WHO:  Signe Cohen, associate professor and director of graduate studies for religious studies, will lead the discussion.

WHERE:  Room 120, Physics Building, MU Campus

Laws Observatory is located on the fifth floor of the Physics Building

WHEN:  Discussion: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2

Observatory Hours: 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.

NOTE:  This event is free and open to the public.