Astronomy Talk: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe

SJ Astronomy
SJ Astronomy
Public group

Houge Park

3972 Twilight Dr · San Jose, CA

How to find us

Bldg #1, near the parking lot

Location image of event venue


Come join us for our monthly Astronomy talk!

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7:30pm to 8pm: Social time, come and mingle. We will have snacks and beverages.

Talk begins at 8pm.

Topic: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Silverman

Some of the most energetic and fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernova. These colossal outbursts result from the deaths of stars and for a time can outshine the entire galaxy in which they're found. Elements necessary for life are built up in stars during their lifetimes and are spread throughout space during these supernova explosions. Observations of distant supernova provided the first evidence that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up with time, rather than slowing down. This wholly unexpected phenomenon is likely due to a repulsive "dark energy" and has become one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in modern science.

Brief Biography:
Jeffrey Silverman is Director, Data Science & Analytics at Samba TV where he uses Big Data to, among other things, figure out exactly how many people are watching Game of Thrones. Before moving into the tech industry, Jeffrey was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of TX at Austin and he earned his PhD at UC Berkeley working on supernovae and dark energy with Prof. Alex Filippenko. Jeffrey is also heavily involved in various science communication and public outreach programs including co-hosting Big Screen Science, a monthly movie showing followed by a science presentation at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco.