Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Charles Blue is the public information officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He has more than 20 years of experience communicating the wonders and discoveries of science, engineering, and technology. Charles has worked as the director of media services at the American Institute of Physics. He also served as the Writer/Editor for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering and the media relations specialist for the Thirty Meter Telescope Project.
He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and past-president of the DC Science Writers Association. Charles also is an avid martial artist, sea chantey singer, and fitness instructor.
Charles will speak about "Infant Stars and Baby Planets." New discoveries by the powerful ALMA telescope in Chile have helped astronomers understand of how planets and stars - even solar systems not unlike our own - form from vast clouds of dust and gas. Until recently, details of the birth of solar systems have been hidden inside these interstellar nurseries. ALMA, however, can peer deep inside a star's cocoon to see how cold molecular gas and tiny dust particles start to organize, clump together, and burst into new suns and worlds. Complex organic molecules - the building blocks of life - have even been detected within these so-called protoplanetary disks.