When Galaxies Collide Is Next InSTEP Lecture

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Matt Wood, astronomer and Florida Tech professor of physics and space sciences, will present “When Galaxies Collide” on March 25 at 7 p.m.
The lecture will be in the Titusville High School auditorium. Part of Florida Tech’s Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Partnership (InSTEP) program,
the talk is free and open to the public.

Did you know that galaxies are so close that interactions between galaxies are common? These interactions are central to the process of galaxy formation
and evolution. Wood will give a visual tour of many spectacular interacting galaxy pairs and groups, and will show scientific visualizations of what our
own galaxy’s future encounter with Andromeda might look like as it unfolds over up to a billion years.

InSTEP is funded by two grants totalling $3.4 million to Florida Tech from the National Science Foundation. The program enables university graduate
students and faculty to work with high school science teachers in Brevard County public schools to develop inquiry-based learning lesson plans.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D., InSTEP coordinator, at (321) 674-7989, or at jhanselm@fit.edu.

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