In Search of the First Light: How the 30m Telescope will Revolutionize Astronomy

Speaker: 
Dr. Paul Hickson
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2015-09-16 18:45 - 20:30
Location: 
Science World (1455 Quebec St Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7)
Local Contact: 
Theresa Liao
Intended Audience: 
Public

(This event is part of UBC Physics & Astornomy Centennial Celebration)

The University of British Columbia, Science World, and TRIUMF are delighted to bring the next installment of the Unveiling the Universe series, which has fascinated thousands of local science lovers since 2012.

On Wednesday, September 16th, join us for an illuminating journey through the galaxies and learn how telescopes are revolutionizing astronomy as we know it.

Advanced astronomical telescopes enable astronomers to look billions of years back in time to when the Universe was young. They allow us to study the central regions of nearby galaxies in detail, revealing the presence of giant black holes more than a million times more massive than the Sun. With them, we can see new stars forming, and study extrasolar planetary systems. Canada is partnering with the USA, Japan, China and India to build a powerful new facility, the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Advanced active and adaptive optics technologies will be a hundred times more sensitive than current telescopes. Professor Paul Hickson will explain how this giant telescope will work, and illustrate ways that it will advance our knowledge of the Universe.

Tickets are free but registration is required on the Eventbrite page. For updates regarding the event, please visit the Facebook event page.


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