The University of New Orleans Physics Club has announced that its annual Einstein Week activities will take place during the week of Apr. 3, 2017. Einstein Week provides an opportunity for students to engage in hands-on discovery related to physics theory and applications. The events are free and open to the public.
Demonstration Day on Wednesday, April 5 will feature a liquid nitrogen ping pong ball explosion, vacuum cannon firing and other crowd-pleasing illustrations of physics in action. “Demo Day” activities will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Earl K. Long Library.
Einstein Week’s featured speaker this year is NASA Solar System Ambassador John Martinez, who will discuss Trappist-1, the largest known system of Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star. The discovery of Trappist-1 was announced by NASA in February. Each planet in the Trappist-1 system has potential for water on its surface, and further study could reveal conditions suitable for life on these planets. Martinez will begin his discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Science Building, room 2120. His lecture will be followed by an open house at the UNO observatory on the Science Building’s third floor. In addition, the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up outside the Science Building for public use.