“Gravitational Waves: Astrophysics Final Frontier”, an illustrated presentation by Dr. Marco Gavaglia of the Missouri University of Science and Technology will be featured at the August meeting of the Saint Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, August 16, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus, Saint Louis, MO 63105. McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Tolman Way. Free yellow zone and garage parking spaces are available. The event, cosponsored by NASA's Missouri Space Grant Consortium at Washington University, is open to the public free of charge.
Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity predicts the existence of gravitational waves. These are ripples of space caused by changes in gravity. Even for major changes in gravity, such as the merging of black holes, the gravitational waves produced are extremely weak and very hard to detect. Dr. Gavaglia will talk about the nature of gravitational waves and how they are detected, both indirectly and finally, in 2016, directly. He will also talk about efforts to map the dark, gravitational universe, including black holes and neutron stars.
Dr. Marco Gavaglia is a Professor of Physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. His research interests include both experimental and theoretical gravity physics. During his career, Dr. Cavaglia, has been awarded research grants totaling over $ 2.5 million dollars and has authored over 200 scientific publications.
The St. Louis Astronomical Society is an organization for individuals interested in astronomy and telescopes. The public is invited to attend its meetings, telescope observing sessions, and special events. For more information about Astronomical Society events, please visit www.slasonline.org .
Many members of St Louis Space Frontier are also members of St. Louis Astronomical Society and attend the SLAS monthly meetings on the Third Friday of each month. The monthly meeting is held in McDonnell Hall Room 162 at 7:30pm and begins with a formal presentation by an "out-of-this-world" speaker. A business meeting is held after the presentation but you don't have to stay for the meeting.
Marco Cavaglia, PhD, Gravitational Waves, University of Missouri Science and Technology
September - Don Hampton, PhD, Aurora Borealis & Steve (1), UAF
October - Claire Chandler, PhD, Super-Earths and the Formation of the Solar System, NRAO
December - Duncan Lorimer, PhD, Fast Radio Bursts: "Lorimer Bursts" (1) UWVA
(UAF: University of Alaska: Fairbanks, UWVA: University of West Virginia)
(1) Skype event