Tag: Astronomy

Patti Carroll: Extraterrestrials or Transients? The New Age of Radio Astronomy and The Race to Shed Light on the Cosmic Dawn

Mon 5/13/13, 6:00 – 7:30pm Downstairs at Town Hall $5; Free for UW Students. More Info If you’ve seen Contact– a popular 90’s sci-fi flick, featuring radio telescopes and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – you may have come away

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Earth as an Extrasolar Planet

By Ty Robinson May 19, 2010 In the spring of 2008, the EPOXI mission (NASA/JPL) captured images of Earth from over 10 million miles away. By combining these data with our models, we can begin to understand what the Earth

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Survey Science: The Universe at Our Fingertips

By Chelsea Macleod May 5, 2010 Modern telescopic surveys of the sky are transforming the field of astronomy by giving us a broader and unbiased view of astronomical phenomena, such as how galaxies are distributed in our universe, and what

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Brown Dwarfs: The Little Stars That Couldn’t

By Sarah Jane Schmidt April 7, 2010 Brown dwarfs are objects that form like stars, but are too small to sustain hydrogen burning in their cores. Within the past 15 years, we’ve gone from the discovery of the first brown

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Galactic Gas: Stimulating Stellar Birthplaces

By Charlotte Christensen March 17th, 2010 Although nearly impossible to observe, free-floating molecular hydrogen gas makes up the coldest and densest parts of galaxies. Within these thick clouds of gas, stars and planetary systems are born and without it galaxies

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Big Bang to an Immigrant Sun: the Birth and Life of Spiral Galaxies

By Rok Roskar March 10, 2010 In this talk I will try to illuminate some fundamental ideas about the growth of galaxies like our own Milky Way. I will begin with the cosmic context and gradually focus on increasingly detailed

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Galaxies in a Different Light: Astronomy in X-rays, Optical, IR, and Radio

By Cliff Johnson February 24, 2010 To fully study galaxies and understand their variety and splendor, we must collect and analyze radiation emitted throughout the entire electromagnetic spectrum. I will tell about how these four space-based observatories have accomplished this

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Big Flares on Little Mars

By Eric Hilton January 27, 2010 Magnetic field reconnection, which is something like what happens when two refrigerator magnets suddenly flip when brought close together, powers explosive events called flares on the Sun. These flares emit high energy light and

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Learning About Stars from Hubble’s Views of Galaxies

by Phil Rosenfield January 13, 2010 I’ll be giving an introduction to the Engage lecture series and a preview of what these talks will be like, starting with my own. We’ve all seen the amazing images of galaxies from the

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