Voyage – A Presentation on the Universe, 7:00-8:00 pm, May 31, 2018, Miller Branch Library


A Voyage that will Forever Change Your Perspective of Home
Speaker: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
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When we venture beyond our home and explore a greater landscape—whether it’s the town beyond our house, or a planet beyond the Earth—we gain a deeper sense of our own existence. It’s a fundamental principle of exploration. To truly know and appreciate our home, we must leave it. So to truly know and appreciate a place called Earth, we must venture beyond it, and recognize the breadth and majesty of a greater universe.

From another vantage point—we are integrally connected to the universe, and it to us—so to know the universe is to know ourselves. And while we may seem small in its shadow, beauty has nothing to do with size—for the universe is revealed with something the size of the human mind.

You’re invited to the story of our existence—a race of explorers, 7 billion tiny souls strong. It is a story that ignites wonder about the universe, and a sense of pride in our ability to reveal its nature through both human imagination and ingenuity. It is a story that humbles us, and brings a sense of humility to our lives. It is a voyage that will forever change your perspective of home.


A message from Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, based in Ellicott City Maryland –

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City, I will be giving a presentation on the universe – A Voyage that Will Forever Change Your Perspective of Home. If you are reading this, you’re invited, and please pass on an invitation to friends and family by sharing this link:) We have seating for 130, and those that want to attend are asked to register below to ensure we do not go over capacity.

I routinely present at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and around the nation on the nature of human exploration, space exploration, and what we’ve come to know about the universe. Given I am based in Ellicott City, I wanted to do something for my own local community, so I arranged for this presentation at the Miller Branch Library on May 31.

I know this is a tall order, but I promise  a journey from Earth to the edge of the observable universe, and in a way that will reveal the majesty of the cosmos, and celebrate what we have learned over the generations as a race of explorers.

Come out for an hour tomorrow night with friends and family and experience the universe.

A presentation for the general public; also very appropriate for families and cross generational learning; recommended for ages 9 and above

7:00-8:00 PM

Miller Branch Library
Ellicott and Patapsco Meeting Rooms
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott city, MD 21042

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All of you, and please invite friends and family by sending them the link to this page.

We’d like everyone attending to register online. Please register at the bottom of this page.

6:30-6:55 pm Arrival
7:00-8:00 Presentation
8:00 Departure

Dr. Goldstein was excellent. His passion for science and teaching was contagious and energizing. I want to go back school to study astrophysics. :). I would have been happy to have skipped the IMAX film and had 30 minutes more of Dr. Goldstein.

I thought the evening was fantastic. Our son learned a lot and found the presentation original and interesting, and we as parents (my husband and I) felt the same way. Dr. Goldstein’s introductory talk, with his specific ways of describing distance and the analogies he used, really helped me understand the scale and vastness of space and planets. I loved the way he described the importance of using models to represent things, and how we do this in varied ways to intellectually understand something.

Thank you so much for your incredible presentation yesterday evening! I left feeling so inspired and with such a vast amount of knowledge. Thank you for making your presentation so engaging and thought provoking. You gave me many ideas to implement in my own classroom when we revisit Astronomy next year.



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