This October, for the third year, Bhante attended the Friends of Astronomy Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This special symposium, held from the 9th – 11th, was organized by the Astronomy department and featured lectures from some of the world’s most renowned scientists on such topics as:
- Back to the moon.
- Is the Big Bang Theory in trouble?
- How black are black holes?
- Exploding stars.
- Planets around other stars.
- The sun and solar eclipses.
- How Astronomy is changing.
Bhante attended the lecture series as a special invited guest of Dr. Yervant Terzian, the Director of NASA’s New York Space Grant Program. Since 2002 Dr. Terzian has been the Chairman of the US Consortium of Universities and Institutes to construct the Square Kilometer Array giant radio telescope.
Bhante has always had a fascination with the stars and the universe beyond. As he explains, “I have always trained myself to explore the inner universe through the cultivation of inner awareness and spiritual insights. Often I have been curious of the outer universe and its seemingly beginning and endless nature. The work of these scientists who passionately dedicate their lives to exploration of the outer unknown inspires me in my exploration of the inner unknown.”