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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, March 16, 2018 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

The Origin of the Moon
Dr. Kun Wang
Washington University

   Dr. Kun Wang of Washington University will be featured at the March meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, March 16, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus, Saint Louis, MO 63130. McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Tolman Way.
Where did the Moon come from? Its origin has always intrigued humankind. Many myths and theories have emerged throughout history, but only in the last fifty years has it been possible to test modern theories. Lunar samples returned by NASA's Apollo astronauts support the "Giant Impact" theory over other explanations. This theory proposes that the Moon was formed from the debris that resulted from a violent collision between the very young Earth and a Mars-sized object. In the past decade, however, ultra-high precision moonrock analyses have seemed to contradict some of the provisions of this theory. To resolve this, in addition to continued sample testing, new perspectives on the lunar origin theory may need to be devised. Dr. Wang will discuss his research on this problem and describe some of the advanced analytical equipment he uses in his laboratory.
   Dr. Kun Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. He received his Doctorate from Washington University in 2013 and then was awarded a post-graduate fellowship position at Harvard University. He joined the Washington University faculty in 2016. His research involves the study of the chemical composition of meteorites to understand the initial physical and chemical conditions during the formation and earliest years of the solar system.

Upcoming Meetings: 2018

April Michael Medford, UC Berkeley
Discovering Planet 9 (10) (Zoom event)
May Ryan Clegg-Watkins, PhD, Washington Univ
Exploring the Moon from Orbit: Paving the Way for Future Astronaut Explorers
June Eddie Schlafly, UC Berkeley Big Bang (Zoom)
July Erika Gibb, PhD, UMSL Comets
August Michael Bouchard, Washington University
Mars 2020 Rover
September Francesc Ferrer, PhD, Washington U.
In the wake of the Higgs, what will the next breakthrough at the LHC?
October Mao Xiaochen Washington University
The Dawn Mission: Vesta and Ceres
November Bard Joliff, PhD Washington University
Lunar Geology
December Pamela Gay, PhD ASP
Secret Squirrel Part 2



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