Geologists of Jackson Hole invite you to explore the history of the galaxy, from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago through time and space to today.

Shane Larson, a research associate professor at Northwestern University, will present “A Storm of Stars: A Living History of the Milky Way” on Tuesday evening via Zoom.

Larson is the associate director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, which is located on Northwestern University’s campus.

He will be talking about the history of the universe — black holes, types of stars and multiple galaxies included. It’s all-encompassing, a mighty topic to approach all at once.

“There’s probably as many galaxies as there are stars, which is to say, hundreds of billions,” said John Hebberger, Geologists of Jackson Hole’s vice president. “How do you put your arms around a light year?”

Once the presentation has circled the historical data and imparted science breakthroughs, it’s likely that viewers will be left with new questions. The answers to those, scientists don’t yet know but continue to seek.

Last year Larson gave a presentation on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, where he was a researcher, Hebberger said. The observatory is recognized for the discovery of gravity waves, driven by colliding black holes.

Larson has participated in research incorporating binary star evolution and Earth’s climate. He is associated with more than 54 research publications. Larson also collaborates on the blog “Write Science” regularly.

“He really gives a dynamite talk,” Hebberger said.

Usually the Geologists of Jackson Hole group hosts its speakers at Teton County Library. This year, due to COVID-19, many of the presentations the club offers are rescheduled for next year.

Larson’s presentation will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

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