Dr. Jeremy Bailin will lead observations of the crescent Moon and deep sky objects.
Dr. Maria Charisi will give a public talk on "Gravitational waves – a new window to the universe"
Dr. Dominic Walton will give a public talk on "The Discovery of Ultraluminous X-ray Pulsars"
Off-campus darker sight observations led by Prof. Emeritus Ron Buta and Prof. Bill Keel.
Speaker: Amy Roberts (University of Colorado Denver) Title: The Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detectors: Pushing Lower Thresholds in Search of an Answer Abstract: A wealth of cosmological measurements suggest that non-luminous "dark matter" makes up approximately 80% of all matter. So far, the effects of dark matter have only been observed gravitationally. But direct-detection
Speaker: Chao-Chin Yang (UNLV) Title: From Pebbles to Planets: A Tale of Protoplanetary Disks and Planetsimal Formation Abstract: Even though thousands of extrasolar planetary systems have been detected, a comprehensive picture of how planets are formed from their natal protoplanetary disks remains to be drawn. One of the most challenging stages is the formation of kilometer-scale planetesimals from
Speaker: Hansung Gim (Montana State/ University of Alabama) Title: Exploring the submillimeter properties of the black hole in Henize 2-10 Abstract: It is well known that massive black holes (BHs) were almost exclusively found in the giant galaxies. However, recent studies have shown that these BHs are much more common in dwarf galaxies than previously