Rewatch Sarah Stewart's Neighborhood Lecture: A New Creation Story for the Earth and Moon

Monday, November 16, 2020 


On November 12, 2020, Dr. Sarah T. Stewart, UC Davis, presented A New Creation Story of the Earth and Moon to a virtual crowd of more than 400 participants from all over the world.

In addition to being a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis and a Carnegie Alum, Stewart is a recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius prize’ for her work on planetary collisions and the discovery of “synestias.”  

During Stewart’s talk, she explained her discovery through the lens of one of science’s oldest questions: What is the origin of the Earth and Moon? She walked attendees through the history and scientific back and forth that led to her breakthrough, illustrated throughout with gorgeous visualizations that help the audience understand the complex physics at play.

Sarah ended the seminar by encouraging attendees to look to the future. She concluded, “I hope when you go out and look at the Moon tonight, that you will have a sense of wonder at how hot these celestial bodies were at the time of their formation, how much has changed in our Solar System, and how we're still trying to understand exactly what happened to make our planet and our Moon.” 

Stewart and co-host Rick Carlson stayed on the webinar for more than half an hour, answering the audience's many thoughtful questions. The audience’s questions may even lead Stewart to write up a Q&A about her work on synestias. Stay tuned for more as that develops!

This entire Neighborhood Lecture was recorded, joining a selection of free scientific lectures and seminars hosted on the EPL YouTube channel.

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