Rock Icon Finishing School (RIFS) – Astronomy
Excerpted from our book On the Meaning of Adam Lambert
Astronomy (Prof. J. Underwood and special guest). Why astronomy kicks astrology’s butt. This cosmic survey begins with questions about our own planetary system (“Is there life on Mars?)”, Milky Way galaxy and the space-time singularity in which we currently find ourselves. The second half of the course will probe the harmonics of Supermassive Black Holes, the ultraviolet frequencies of Starlight and whether Stardust glitters. We will visit ancient astrological sites (Stonehenge, Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, Vezelay) and ascend to high elevations (Mauna Kea, Andes, Himalayas) to obtain crystal-clear, varied perspectives on the night sky. Air mattresses and down-filled silk quilts will be provided for optimal prone viewing positions, but participants must supply their own heat. During our stop in England, Prof. Brian May will lecture on interplanetary dust and astronomical themes in British rock music. Travel will be coordinated with Architecture and Art History.
Headmistress and Founder of RIFS Juneau Underwood is a writer, biomedical entrepreneur, Web innovator, globe-trotting adventuress, Zen/Torah mistress, garden designer, gastronome and former gay club diva. Professor Underwood infuses her instructing with the three S’s – Science, Sensuality and Spirituality. Prof. Underwood was reared in upstate New York and schooled in Switzerland, Tokyo, and Harvard, where she concentrated in physics and disco dancing. She has authored a renowned guidebook to Japan, written for national magazines and documentary films, and is a member of the Boston Brain Trust. Favorite pastimes include sword-play, the Japanese tea ceremony, jamming with her band and riding stallions. Prof. Underwood regularly commutes to a Parallel Universe as suburban wife and mother.
Guest professor Brian May is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the guitarist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, “Red Special“, and has composed hits such as “Keep Yourself Alive“, “Now I’m Here“, “Tie Your Mother Down“, “We Will Rock You“, “Who Wants to Live Forever“, “Hammer to Fall“, “Save Me“, “Fat Bottomed Girls“, “I Want It All” and “Too Much Love Will Kill You“. May earned a PhD in astrophysics in 2007 and is currently the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. (From Wikipedia)