KIPAC Public Lectures

Have you ever wondered how the Universe works or where it all came from? Have you ever been curious about how many planets there are out there? Or even what it would be like to fall in to a black hole?! Find out at one of our public lectures!

KIPAC Public Lectures are held once per month and are free and open to all.

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Hearing the Thunder and Seeing the Lightning: A Gravitational Wave Detection of Colliding Neutron Stars

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Location

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Kavli Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Speaker
Dr Daniel Holz, University of Chicago

On August 17, 2017 the LIGO/Virgo detectors heard the gravitational-wave chirp from a pair of colliding neutron stars. This was accompanied by a burst of energetic gamma rays. Twelve hours later, a new “star” appeared on the sky, only to disappear over the ensuing two weeks.

The Universe Continues to Reveal Surprises

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Location

Campus, Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

Speaker
Wendy Freedman (The University of Chicago)

Over the past few decades, astronomers have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe. Unexpectedly, the universe hardly resembles what we thought only a couple of decades ago. The universe is filled with dark matter more abundant than ordinary matter and dark energy that is causing a runaway acceleration. We do not yet have a complete picture of this unexpected universe. Some discrepancies may be hinting at new discoveries to come.

Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

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Location

SLAC, Panofsky Auditorium, Building 053

Speaker
Roger Blandford (KIPAC)

Black holes and neutron stars, some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, were hypothesized in the first half of the twentieth century and were discovered and observed in the second half. Astronomers are embarking on a new voyage of discovery that is being led by the recent detection of gravitational radiation and the observation of massive black holes using radio telescopes. Discover what we know and what we hope to learn from these fascinating astronomical objects.

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