Questions arise when we look at the starry sky at night or at the ground beneath our feet.
What can people find in the far reaches of space? Who or what walked the Earth before the age of humans?
Scientists have yet to unlock all the secrets of Earth and outer space.
So far, research informs us that humans have only been around for a short part of Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. Only until the last century did man first walk on the moon.
What new knowledge and scientific achievements can humanity achieve with the study of geology and physics?
On May 27, Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Physics and Geosciences Departments hosted An Earth and Space Evening.
The event was open to the entire public to promote the wonders of Earth and outer space.
The Geology department started off the event by playing movies from the Emmy wining series How the Earth Was Made.
One of the movies was about the Permian Extinction, an event that occurred 252 million years ago.
The event is commonly known as the Great Dying, as it drove 95% of the existing plants and animals on Earth to extinction.
Geology Professor Mark T. Ford explains that many people are familiar with the dinosaur extinction, but few are aware of the preceding mass extinction.
Ford also stated that the movie was appealing to both TAMUK students and members of the Kingsville community.
“People become interested when they learn about these geographic events. It makes them tune in more to the current events around the world.
Student enjoys it too, because it is something that they might have recently studied, so this gives them a quick review,” said Ford.
After the movie showing, people were greeted by current geology and physics students.
These students presented the public with a wide range of information that included meteorite and gemstone formations, how to use a geophone, and how to convert geothermal magma into a recyclable energy source
Senior student double majoring in geology and geophysics, Lenora Perkins, was one of the presenters at the Earth and Space Evening event.
As the president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Lenora explains that people tend to have misconceptions about geology, especially when it came to radiation and petroleum. She did, however, enjoy giving a brief lecture on petroleum and oil drilling.
“People really had a positive reaction to the information on drilling. They were interested to see how the process actually works,” said Perkins.
After learning about new geology and physics concepts, the public was escorted to the TAMUK Observatory.
Once in the observatory room, people were invited to take a look into the giant microscope to view near stars and planets.
Abdullah Alhairi, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, signed up for the event as a volunteer.
He enjoyed seeing the public have an amazed reaction after seeing through the telescope.
Member of the Society of Physics Students and a junior majoring in physics, Blas Guadiana also volunteered to help at the event. Guadiana explains the event occurs twice per semester and is open to anyone in the community.
“We encourage people to learn about physics and geology. It is all about getting people to see the beauty and brilliance in science.”
New discoveries are still being made by scientists world-wide.
With the advancement in geology and physics research, the possibilities of discovering new prehistoric creature or a new planet are not far-fetched.
As long as there are questions to ask, there will be answers to find.