Discover our Universe with KIPAC Public Lectures

KIPAC Public Lectures

Have you ever wondered how the Universe works or how it began? Have you ever been curious about how many planets there are out there? Or what it would be like to fall into a black hole? 

While we can't hold talks and events in person right now, KIPAC will be hosting public lectures online every two weeks, given by KIPAC astrophysicists. KIPAC Public Lectures are free and open to all.

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Upcoming Public Lectures

Past Public Lectures

Our Universe


Campus, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

Jo Dunkley (Princeton)

Most of us have heard of black holes and supernovas, galaxies and the Big Bang. But few of us understand more than the bare facts about the universe we call home. What is really out there? How did it all begin? Where are we going? Jo Dunkley begins in Earth's neighborhood, explaining the nature of the Solar System, the stars in our night sky, and the Milky Way. She then moves out past nearby galaxies and back in time to the horizon of the observable universe, which contains over a hundred billion galaxies, each with billions of stars, many orbited by planets, some of which may host life.

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


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

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.