Department Events


Astro Night - June

Thu, Jun 2, 2016, 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Campbell Hall

Eliot Quataert (UCB)

Astro Night is a free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including our 17-inch telescope located in our roof-top observatory, in addition to attending a lecture from one of our many researchers. Official date may vary to accommodate weather conditions.

NOTE: Event date is tentative; Exact date TBA once weather conditions are confirmed.

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Astro Night - July

Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Campbell Hall

Ryan Trainor (UCB)

Astro Night is a free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including our 17-inch telescope located in our roof-top observatory, in addition to attending a lecture from one of our many researchers. Official date may vary to accommodate weather conditions.

NOTE: Event date is tentative; Exact date TBA once weather conditions are confirmed.

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De-projecting astronomical surveys

Tue, May 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm

131 Campbell Hall

Brice Menard (JHU)

Observations of celestial objects are inherently a 2D mapping on the sphere but astrophysical studies usually require the knowledge of 3D positions. For most extragalactic sources, this estimation relies on photometric redshifts which require strong assumptions and can lead to catastrophic failures. In this talk I will show how it is possible to use clustering measurements to infer redshifts …

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Astro Night - May 5th

Thu, May 5, 2016, 7:45 pm to 10:15 pm

Campbell Hall

Lauren Weiss (UCB)

Astro Night is a free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including our 17-inch telescope located in our roof-top observatory, in addition to attending a lecture from one of our many researchers. Official date may vary to accommodate weather conditions.

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Agnostic Approaches to Gravity

Tue, May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

131 Campbell Hall

Tessa Baker (Oxford/Penn)

The past decade has witnessed an explosion in the number of alternative gravity theories in the literature. Unfortunately, progress in testing these theories against cosmological data and eliminating them has been much slower. This has left us uncertain which direction in the ‘theory landscape’ is most worthy of our attention. I’ll present a new, theoretically consistent …

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The Origins and Implications of Turbulence in Galaxies

Mon, May 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

131 Campbell Hall

Blakesley Burkhart (Harvard)

Magnetic fields and turbulence are vital components in galactic processes, including cosmic ray transport, interstellar medium (ISM) structure formation and star formation. However turbulence is difficult to measure observationally and the role of simulations is vital for both testing theories of ISM turbulence and gauging observational diagnostics via synthetic observations. In this talk I …

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Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA): Overview, The First Science Results, and Future Opportunities

Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

1 LeConte Hall

Eric Becklin (URSA SOFIA)

The joint U.S. and German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), to develop and operate a 2.5-meter infrared airborne telescope in a Boeing 747SP, has now successfully obtained first science with 6 instruments.   These instruments are the FORCAST camera in the 5 to 40 micron spectral region, the GREAT heterodyne spectrometer in the 63 to 240 micron spectral region, …

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