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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 24, 2000

Lecture Looks at Where Life in Space Began

The origins of life beyond our solar system will be the focus of a free talk at California State University, Sacramento by astronomer Alan Dressler of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dressler will speak on "Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life: The NASA Origins Program" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27 in the University Union Orchard Suite.

Dressler, who has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope project, is the author of Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space. The book describes how he and six colleagues determined that a large region of space is being pulled toward a huge, undiscovered mass they call "the great attractor.''

His talk is sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Scholars Association and the physics and astronomy departments. A pre-colloquium reception will be at 4 p.m. in the University Union Forest Suite. More information is available by calling (916) 278-6418.


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