Studying the Mysteries of Space

As part of the “Science Unplugged” program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Jack Nielsen’s astronomy class learned about the mysteries of space during a guest lecture with Ahmad Malik, a solar system ambassador for NASA and Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University.

During the presentation, “Black Holes: Time and Space,” the students discussed matters such as how black holes are created, the differences between white dwarf and neutron stars, and the theories of relativity. The program provided a considerable introduction to the topic, which the class will be studying in depth in the months ahead.

“We’re excited to be participating in the program,” said Aaron Factor, Rocky Point’s director of math, science and technology. “It gives the students the opportunity to speak with professionals from the field, ask them about their research, and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist.”
The school plans to conduct additional speaking lectures with the university in the near future.