“Wonders of the Universe” with Robert Allen

We all have asked ourselves “What am I?”. We have more insight into the answer now than ever before, but it is still a great mystery. The question also leads to wonderment about the origin and fate of the universe that we are part of. After a personal introduction and summary of what led me to my career, I will try to give some insight into where we fit in the “grand scheme of the universe”. To help with this, I will use a segment of the Imax film “Cosmic Voyage”. It nicely “ties together” all of the Physical Sciences. I used it the first day of class in my introductory astronomy course. I would tell students after showing it that I wanted then to be highly impressed, but not totally overwhelmed!

Robert Harry (Bob) Allen Faculty Emeritus (Physics and Astronomy/Planetarium), University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1969 – 2003 Currently Planetarium Director, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Born in Tampa, Florida September 20, 1944 Hillsborough High School (Tampa) 1962 B A in Astronomy, University of South Florida (Tampa), 1966 MS in Astronomy, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 1969 Further Graduate Study, Department of Astrogeophysics, University of Colorado (Boulder), 1971-72 Member of the American Astronomical Society Fellow Member of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Fellow Member of the International Planetarium Society

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