Planetary Nebulae subject of talk

LONDONDERRY - On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will be hosting a presentation on Planetary Nebulae that will be given by Francis P. Wilkin, Ph.D.

The public is invited to this free presentation which will be held in the Lodge at Magic Mountain beginning at 7 p.m.

Wilkin began his career as an amateur astronomer and received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997.

Wilkin has been at Union College since 2004 where he manages the Union College Observatory's 20-inch telescope and teaches courses in both Astronomy and Physics.

Planetary nebulae are glowing, hot bubbles of gas created in the final stages of the lives of ordinary stars. Wilkin will explain how planetary nebulae relate to the late stages of stellar evolution. Participants will see breathtaking examples of many Planetary Nebulae taken by recent space-based observatories.

For further information contact Dr. Robert Dudley at


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