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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 June 24)

2012, Week 27 Audio (MP3, 70Mb) Galaxies in Collision Presenter: Dr. Rob Knop Professor of Physics, Quest University, Canada Stars within a galaxy like our own almost never collide with each other. Galaxies themselves, however, run into each other all … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 June 17)

2012, Week 26 The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Presenter: Dr. Fiona Harrison Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Caltech and Principal Investigator for the NuSTAR Explorer Mission The new X-ray telescope NuSTAR was launched last week. This mission deploys … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 June 10)

2012, Week 25 Audio (MP3, 37Mb) Dark Matter Presenter: Dr. Paul Doherty Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and director of The Splo Museum (in SL) A brief overview of what we know about dark matter, some history … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 June 3)

2012, Week 24 Audio (MP3, 64Mb) The World of Galaxies Presenter: Dr. George Djorgovski MICA Director, Professor of Astronomy and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech Galaxies are the basic building blocks of the universe on … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 May 27)

2012, Week 23 The 2012 Transit of Venus Presenter: Dr. Sten Odenwald Goddard Spaceflight Center SpaceMath@NASA Astronomy Cafe On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus will move across the face of the sun. Such transits of Venus are among the … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 May 20)

2012, Week 22 Audio (MP3, 53Mb) The Great Debate, Part II: How Mistakes Can Correct Each Other Presenter: Dr. Giuseppe Longo Department of Physics, University of Napoli Federico III In this second talk, Dr. Longo describes what happened during the … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 May 13)

2012, Week 21 Audio (MP3, 60Mb) The Great Debate, Part I Presenter: Dr. Giuseppe Longo Department of Physics, University of Napoli Federico III In 1920, Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis held what became known as The Great Debate: Are … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 May 6)

2012, Week 20 Audio (MP3, 57Mb) Neptune and Vulcan: Dark Matter in the Solar System Dr. Rob Knop Professor of Physics, Quest University, Canada The cosmological Dark Matter is one example of a more general thing that we might call … Continue reading

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Astronomy Seminar of the Week (2012 April 22)

2012, Week 17 Audio (MP3, 58Mb) In Fire and In Ice: The Death of Stars Presenter: Dr. Rob Knop Professor of Physics, Quest University, Canada Stars live for millions or billions of years, but they don’t live forever. When a … Continue reading

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