“Fifty Shades of Red” Described the Origin of Color in Space

Natasha Brewer – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

Cosmos, nebulas and stars were examined during Dr. Angela Speck’s lecture on Monday titled “Fifty Shades of Red.” Her lecture took place in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union and was a part of the Kemper Lecture Series.

Sporting bright red hair and an even brighter red dress, Speck described the origin of this color in space. Speck mainly focused on the color red, but she also discussed the origin of other colors, such as blue and green, in space.

Speck has been a professor of physics and astronomy at MU since 2007, and she was the winner of the 2013 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Speck won this award for her teaching techniques, and this award is given to five professors at MU each year.

During her presentation, Speck included pictures of nebulae and stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. She described the life cycle of stars and nebulae and how this cycle relates to the creation of colors in the universe.

Speck emphasized the importance of discussion in her lecture, and participants were encouraged to ask her questions as she presented. Over 50 people from the MU community came, and the event was open to the general public.

The Student Unions Programming Board sponsored this event.