Darren Williams

The sky is falling! Behrend talk to focus on comet and asteroid crashes

Darren Williams will discuss why rocks from space sometimes fall from the sky on Thursday, Oct. 17, when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Behrend. His presentation, “Cosmic Calamity: Threat Of Asteroid and Comet Impacts on Earth,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Otto Behrend Science Building.

Apollo 11 Mission to be revisited during Penn State Behrend lecture

Darren Williams, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, will discuss the Apollo 11 Mission and its historical significance, on Thursday, April 4, when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Behrend. Following Williams’ talk, Jim Gavio, director of the college’s Yahn Planetarium, will outline future plans for lunar exploration.

Behrend astronomy program to focus on Mars and Venus

The key differences between Mars and Venus will be part of Darren Williams’ topic of discussion on April 19, when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Behrend. Williams, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the college, will explain what is known about each world and what remains uncertain.

Experience the Great American Eclipse with Penn State Behrend

To commemorate the Great American Eclipse, Penn State Behrend invites guests to visit its School of Science on Monday, Aug. 21, for telescopic viewing of the phenomenon. Free parking will be available in the parking lot outside the School of Science Complex, which is also the site for the telescopic viewing.

Total solar eclipse to be discussed at Penn State Behrend

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous United States, Jimmy Carter was president. Sony had just introduced a new portable music player: the Walkman. So this summer’s Great North-American Eclipse will be a major astronomical event.