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CR presents Portugal Award lecture by Jon Pedicino

Traveling to the stars: How do we do it? Where are we headed? What might we find?

CR presents Portugal Award lecture by Jon Pedicino

Published on 4/12/2021.

College of the Redwoods Astronomy Professor Dr. Jon Pedicino will present an online lecture about recent discoveries in space travel on Thursday, April 22.

Pedicino’s lecture, “Traveling to the stars: How do we do it? Where are we headed? What might we find? will take place via Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 966 8013 5348

The talk will center on the recent breakthroughs in space travel.  Pedicino will address questions such as - Can we travel faster than the speed of light? Can we travel close to the speed of light and at least send a probe to nearby stars?  How do we avoid space debris at those speeds?  Could we build a generational ship to travel to the stars? 

Pedicino has taught astronomy at the CR Eureka campus for 20 years.  He did his undergraduate work in physics at Dartmouth College.  He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in planetary science. 

The College of the Redwoods Foundation Board established the Dr. Eugene Portugal Award in 1993 to honor an outstanding faculty member and to exhibit the academic and professional contributions of the CR faculty to the college and the community. Named after the college’s first president, this award allows the campus community to share expertise and knowledge, provides staff development opportunities for faculty, increases the community’s awareness of the college, and provides a showcase for excellence both on and off campus.

For more information, contact Stephanie Burres, Office of Instruction, 476-4109, or email



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