Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Bradley Schaefer

Affiliation: Louisiana State University

Bradley Schaefer is Distinguished Professor and Alumni Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University; he holds his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Professor Schaefer is the 2017/2018 AIA Webster Lecturer.

"I have a wide range of interests throughout astrophysics, including Gamma-Ray Bursts, supernovae, supernova remnants, supernova progenitors, historical records of supernovae, novae, recurrent novae, superflare stars, low mass X-ray binaries, eclipsing binaries, Nereid, Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects, sunspot counts, the visibility of objects in the sky (especially lunar crescents and heliacal rises), astronomical effects on history, the accuracy of the press in reporting astronomy, the origin of the Greek and Chinese constellations, archaeoastronomy, astronomical events in history (e.g., the Crucifixion and the Star of Bethlehem), and astronomical events in literature (especially in The Hobbit and in the Sherlock Holmes canon)."

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