Open House 2008 family lectures.
(subject to last-minute changes)
- 11:30 Shaking up the Solar System: David Jewitt
The current layout of the Solar System may have originated via a savage shaking episode caused by resonance between Jupiter and Saturn nearly 4 billion years ago.
- 12:15 The Second Biggest Bang: Emily Levesque
On March 19th 2008 astronomers witnessed the largest explosion ever detected, when the light from a massive collapsing star reached the Earth after 7.5 billion years.
- 1.00 The News from Saturn and Titan: Toby Owen
Catch up with the recent results from NASA's highly successful Cassini-Huygens mission: dunes of organic aerosols, lakes of liquid methane and a ring of volcanic ice crystals.
- 1.45 Life on Mars - sort of: Kim Binsted
Astrobiologist Binstead spent last summer in the Canadian Arctic with a group of scientists simulating the kinds of problems that astronauts might face while exploring Mars.
- 2.30 Does "Dark Matter" Matter? Pat Henry
We can't yet see dark matter, but by using a combination of X-ray images, galaxy redshifts, and gravitational lenses, we now know where it is hiding.
- 3.15 Jumbo Stars - Beacons in the Universe: Rolf Kudritzki
They are the youngest, heaviest, hottest and most luminous of all stars. They are monsters, but extremely useful for understanding the Universe...
- 11:45 Stormy Weather in Space: Ilia Roussev
Every two days the Sun ejects at least a billion tons of plasma into space. What can these storms do to us, and how can we predict them?
- 12:30 Extrasolar Planets: John Johnson
What can we learn from studying planetary systems way beyond the Solar System?
- 1.15 Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation: Paul Coleman
IfA Astronomer Coleman describes what his ancestors knew about the Universe and how they used the stars to navigate the Pacific Ocean.
- 2.00 What to look for in buying a telescope: Jim Harwood
How to choose a telescope for the family (or the serious amateur) without breaking your budget or testing your patience.
- 2:45 Pan-STARRS: Nick Kaiser
Over the next few years the Pan-STARRS survey will measure the properties of 5 billion stars, 500 million galaxies and 50 million asteroids that have never been studied before. How?