Monthly General Meeting
Cosmological Large Scale Structure Surveys
by UCI Professor, Kevork Abazajian
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey was the largest optical survey of galaxies in our universe and it found 3-dimensional positions of approximately one million galaxies to a distance of 1.9 Gly (1.9 billion light years). I will describe the exciting results of this survey, its implications for cosmology, and the prospects for an even larger and deeper survey currently being designed for the future Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
Professor Kevork Abazajian
Kevork grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Inspired by the research of the space program, he went on to study physics and astrophysics at the University of Houston and the University of California, San Diego. He worked withe the Sloan Digital Sky Survey as a postdoctoral researcher and fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Kevork continues work on large scale structure and dark matter as a professor at the University of California, Irvine.
The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.
These meetings are free and open to the general public.
The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.
The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus
and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.
The meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM.
The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-meeting Slide Show
Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Club Announcements
Usually presented by the OCA Secretary, Bob Buchheim.
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM "What's Up?"
Usually presented by OCA Member and Space Artist, Chris Butler.
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Main Talk
Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.
9:15 PM - 9:30 PM Refreshments
Break Donuts, coffee, soda are available for a small donation.
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM "Ask an Astronomer"
Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.