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Lifelong Learning - Big Eyes on the Sky: New Telescopes for Astronomy

October 19 to 26, 2022 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EDT
Hosted Virtually by IUAA

Two Wednesdays: Oct. 19 and 26

7–8:30 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$40 per person


Life is pretty exciting for astronomers. The James Webb Space Telescope, launched on Christmas Day, 2021, has begun sending back new observations and mind-blowing imagery, and the new Vera Rubin Observatory in Chile will soon begin a massive, 10-year survey for variable objects in space. And construction is planned or started on giant 20-, 30-, and 40-meter telescopes on solid ground. So, what do astronomers hope to see and learn with these new observatories, and what will they tell us about the universe? Will we discover life on other worlds, see the first stars formed after the Big Bang, reveal the nature of dark matter and dark energy? Only time will tell, but it’s definitely an exciting time for astronomers!

*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.


About the Instructor:

Caty Pilachowski is a distinguished professor at IU Bloomington, where she holds the Daniel Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy. She carries out research on the chemical evolution of stellar populations, including stars in globular clusters, and studies the abundances of elements in stars from the spectra of starlight.