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Finding the Earliest Galaxies by Richard Ellis from Caltech

Cross posted with permission from the SoCal Science Cafe meetup group (home URL:  This event was organized by the Orange County Astronomers.  For more information please visit:

“The Orange County Astronomers is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to spread knowledge and appreciation of the science of astronomy. Just a beginner? No problem!”

Event Description:

A night at Chapman U with a leading professor of Astronomy on the topic of Galaxies. Dr. Ellis will discuss current work in understanding the origins of galaxies and the next generation technologies to get us closer to the answer...

Let There Be Light: Finding the Earliest Galaxies

A few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the hydrogen in deep space was ionized into its component protons and electrons. Theorists speculate this landmark event was caused by the birth of the first galaxies. Can powerful telescopes, probing back in cosmic history, directly witness this event? Large telescopes have already traced the evolutionary history of galaxies back to when the Universe was 1 billion years old. The first results from the Wide Field Infrared Camera onboard Hubble Space Telescope give us our first glimpse at primitive stellar systems at even earlier times. Professor Ellis will address the progress and challenges of this fundamental quest for our origins, and discuss the future prospects with the next generation of giant 30-40 meter aperture ground-based telescopes.

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis is the Steele Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. He is an observational astronomer who studies the distant Universe with a variety of facilities including the Hubble Space Telescope and the twin Keck 10 meter telescopes in Hawaii.
Professor Ellis obtained his Ph.D. at Oxford University in 1974. As a young researcher he established a major astronomy group at Durham University and later became the Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University. He emigrated to the United States in 1999 where he has played a leading role in developing the science case and international partnership for the Thirty Meter Telescope: an ambitious next generation ground-based telescope to be completed in 2020.
Ellis' research interests include cosmology - the form and content of the Universe as a whole - and the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. He has been influential in making many discoveries in these areas and is one of the world's most highly-cited astrophysicists.
His awards include the Gruber Cosmology Prize and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded the title of Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 for his contributions to international science.

"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler

Monthly General Meeting

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.

Basic meeting agenda:

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.

Pre and Post Event Socializing: (Update 9/5/13)

Adding suggestion for pre-event Dinner at Rutabegorz, a healthy food venue within walking distance of Chapman U.   Good food and an opportunity to get to know fellow attendees. 

We can also meet after the event at a local pub (Haven's GastroPub, or Ohara's Pub, which are both located within minutes of Chapman U near the Orange Circle).  Meet us for warm up / post event.  All pre and post event socializing activities are voluntary, so don't worry if you are unable to make it.

Dinner:  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Rutabegorz

                264 N. Glassell Street

                Orange, Ca.

              Dan King, a regular host for OCYFN will be co-hosting the dinner.  We will try to save eight seats for dinner. 

Post Event:  ~ 9:45 PM  Haven's GastroPub

              190 S Glassell St Orange, CA 92866

              Let's meet and walk / take a short drive over.

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  • newbie

    Very interesting!

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was fun guys! Hope you crazy kids all got home safe.

    September 14, 2013

  • Annabella

    Thanks for letting us know about this Nick, I enjoyed the lecture.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Nick N.

    Hi all. Heading over to our post meet pub. May chabge locale to Citris on the same street. Call me at[masked] if you plan to join us and are having trouble with location.

    September 13, 2013

  • Tyson

    Man I would have loved to be there, had work all day though just got home Darn

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late and probably can't make it. :(

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else here?

    September 13, 2013

  • Nick N.

    To make t easy for everyone. Lauren has volunteered to be a guide \ landmark. Look for the blond pink amazon in front of The Chapman Auditorium building if you are lost. She will be there until 7:30 pm. I will float between there and Irvine Lecture Hall.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Meredith

    Grr. Had to work later than expected. Sorry guys! Next time...

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to try to squeeze in just under the 7:30 wire. Where will I find everyone?

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bah! I can't get out of work in time. Sorry guys :(.

      September 13, 2013

  • Buck

    Where in rutabaga ?

    September 13, 2013

  • Lisa

    Walking over now, had trouble with parking

    September 13, 2013

  • Chris

    Can we show up for the main lecture at 8:15? Or is that frowned upon. I'd like to hear just the main lecture but I also don't want to be rude and walk in the middle of something at 8:15.

    September 13, 2013

  • Angela :.

    Fyi. Dinner place (Rustabegorz) is near Bruxies. If yhat helps anyone. :)

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Angela :.

    Im here already. They have happy hr specials until 6pm if anyone comes early. See picture in photos.:-)

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't make dinner but I'll be there 730 sharp and hanging out at after as well

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Nick N.

    Hi All: Just added pre and post event meetup suggestions for the event. Dinner at Rutabegorz Orange, and post event at Haven's GastroPub if anyone is interested in extending this Friday night into a social/intellectual night. Participation in pre and post event activities is completely voluntary and independent of the main event. Cheers!

    2 · September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like this would be interesting!

    September 2, 2013

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