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Physics & Astronomy Department presents Annual Spring Equinox Lecture

Date: Wednesday, March 30 @ 7:00pm


The Department of Physics & Astronomy will host its annual Spring Equinox Lecture on Wednesday, March 30th in the Edelman Planetarium. Dr. Jessica Sunshine will speak on "Deep Impact DIXI Missions: Exploring Comets." The free public lecture begins at 7 p.m.

Due to limited seating in the planetarium, the department will offer free reserved seating for this event. Persons who wish to attend should send email requests for reservations to Planetarium Director Keith Johnson (; he will add your name to the list and return a confirmation. A person without email access may call Mr. Johnson (856-256-4389), but this method may be less reliable.  Reserved seats will be held until 6:45 p.m., after which they will be released for those who do not have reservations. The department recommends arriving by 6:40. The planetarium is located on the ground floor of the Science Hall at Rowan University.


Dr. Jessica Sunshine is a recently-appointed Professor of Astronomy at the University of Maryland. Prior to her appointment at Maryland she was Chief Scientist for the Science Applications International Corporation. She is an expert in using spectroscopy to determine the composition of comets, asteroids, and other solar system objects.

Dr. Sunshine is involved with four current missions to comets and asteroids, including the Deep Impact extended Investigation (DIXI) which was instrumental in the discovery of water on the Moon. She will discuss DIXI as well as other missions in which she has been active.

Location: Edelman Planetarium, Science Hall

Contact: Keith Johnson
Phone: 856-256-4389