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6 Aug 2019
Lectures August PLS Event: Title to be Announced
Information about this upcoming lecture will be announced soon.
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2 Jul 2019
Lectures The Art and Science of Astronomical Image Processing
Speaker: Joseph DePasquale, Space Telescope Science Institute
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4 Jun 2019
Lectures Recycle Your Used Pulsars: Explaining the Extra Gamma-Radiation from the Central Milky Way
Gamma rays, the highest energy light in the electromagnetic spectrum, generally arise from extreme events. For over a decade, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has mapped these energetic cosmic...
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7 May 2019
Lectures The Fiery Fate of Exoplanets
What happens to planets when their stars begin to die? For many planets discovered outside of our Solar System, the answer is a trip into the fiery depths of their host star. The most successful ways that...
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23 Apr 2019
Lectures The Deaths and Afterlives of Massive Stars
The catastrophic death of a massive star, a supernova explosion, is among the most powerful and important events in the cosmos. These brilliant bursts produce not only spectacular nebulae,...
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5 Mar 2019
Lectures An Astrovizicist's Guide to the Film "Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe"
In November 2018, composer Eric Whitacre's Hubble-inspired symphony "Deep Field" was released as a film accompanied by NASA images and scientific visualizations from the night sky to the...
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5 Feb 2019
Lectures Our Place in the Stars
The essential questions of our cosmic existence include "What is our place in the stars?", "How did we get here?", and "Are we alone?". In this scientific and philosophical...
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15 Jan 2019
Lectures Initial Exoplanet Discoveries from TESS
In April 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched and by the summer, it was sending back data. What has this planet-hunter found? Dr. Scott Fleming will share several of...
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4 Dec 2018
Lectures Black Holes and Other Dark Matters
In February 2016, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced discovery of the merger of two black holes, each of which weighed around 30 times the mass of the Sun. In addition...
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13 Nov 2018
Lectures Observing with Hubble: From Scientific Idea to Published Results (and Everything in Between!)
When an astronomer has an idea for a Hubble observation, what has to happen for that research to become a reality? This talk will give a “behind the scenes” look at what astronomers need to...
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2 Oct 2018
Lectures Chasing Supernovae with Kepler
The Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009 with the goal of discovering exoplanets. However, its highly precise brightness measurements can be used for much more science. When Kepler was repurposed as the...
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4 Sep 2018
Lectures 100 Ways to 'Die' in the Universe
Astronomers organize galaxy shapes using a system proposed by Edwin Hubble in 1928. At first glance, the Hubble sequence appears to be akin to an Audubon bird classification chart. However, underneath...
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7 Aug 2018
Lectures Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: The Fate of Stars Like the Sun
Our Sun, though seemingly eternal, is about halfway through its roughly 10-billion-year lifespan. What will happen when the Sun dies? Not only will the answer be important to whoever inhabits Earth in...
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3 Jul 2018
Lectures The Milky Way’s Bulge: From a Hypothesized Blob to a Remarkably Detailed Picture
The central bulge of our Milky Way galaxy is host to roughly 30 percent of its stars, including a substantial fraction of both the oldest stars and the most metal-rich stars. The ages of the stars indicate...
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5 Jun 2018
Lectures Star Formation in Orion
The Sun plays a constant and pivotal role in life on Earth. It is natural to take its presence for granted. Yet we know that the Sun, and the entire Solar System, formed about 5 billion years ago. To probe...
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