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Roper Mountain Astronomers

What If There Was No Moon

  • August 17, 2023
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • In person at FURMAN UNIVERSITY as well as virtually on Zoom. Link to join the meeting will be sent when you register for the event. Links will be on the bottom of your confirmation email.
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NOTE: This meeting will be in person at FURMAN UNIVERSITY, not at the Science Center. Location and Map are listed below:


During the June 24 TEDxMirandola in Italy, Pizzetti discussed what the world, society and technology would look like if the moon were destroyed or had never formed. “If you think about the 1950s and the ‘60s, everyone wanted to go to the moon. So, if there was no moon, how would that have looked?” asked Pizzetti, who is a graduate student in the Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy. “How much different would the Space Force and our upcoming space missions look if we had never been to the moon?”

Pizzetti will dive deep into these questions, using the knowledge she has gained from following her passion for the stars. 


Andrealuna Pizzetti 

Pizzetti earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Bologna. She decided to pursue a doctorate at Clemson after seeing a flyer for the University on a bulletin board and contacting Marco Ajello, an associate professor in the Clemson Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ajello is now her adviser.

For Pizzetti, who had a lifelong dream of becoming an astronomer, pursuing an astrophysics doctorate seemed natural.  


We will meet in a  classroom in Plyler Hall 222 in the Townes Science Center.  Visitors can park in the South Chapel Lot, which is the parking lot between the Daniel Chapel and the football stadium (park closer to the chapel side – see attached map, follow the red arrow).  The building is across the Mall from the parking lot.  The classroom is on the second floor; there is stair and elevator access near the classroom.

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