Indoor program: Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge
Speakers: University of Calgary Senior Astrophysics Students
Astrophysics research and technology is moving at the speed of light. Learn more about the latest, coolest, and hottest topics in astrophysics at the University of Calgary. Senior astrophysics students will share their latest project results. These are Canada’s newest breed of astronomers who could go on to make the discoveries that will change our understanding of the universe.
■ Julia Pulwicki will share her geometric perspective of the link between the shape of plant leaves and black holes.
■ Scott Sorell and Nicolas Raoult talk about their study of the eclipsing binary stars RW Taurus and WW Auriga. Eclipsing binary stars reveal the sizes (in kilometres) and masses (in kilograms) of stars, and much more.
■ Fatima Garcia and Russell Shanahan explain their study of the heart of the Orion Nebula: "Orionis C - A Beacon in the Dark". This is a nearby star formation region with lots of interesting processes to examine.
■ James Campbell and Connor Pilling discuss their amazing results using RAO telescopes and their search for planets around stars outside our solar system. They are looking very carefully at stars for which other search programs have detected transits of orbiting planets.
■ Kyle Rae has just completed his research on the Aurora Borealis and he will explore some of the latest discoveries of the aurora.
In the sky – Very late in the evening Saturn will be visible in the east, but Jupiter and all its moons will be putting on a show all night long.
Outdoor observing - dress for cool weather (boots, hat).
Admission: $20 per car OR $10 per person on a drop in basis.
More info: http://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/
Use this map: http://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/visiting