Astrolecture Series - The Earlie...


Jun 20, 2017

Tue 7:30 PM

Moraga Avenue and Arguello Boulevard in the Pre...
San Francisco, CA



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The AstroLecture Series is held every third Tuesday of the month and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in partnership with the Presidio Trust. Each lecture focuses on an astronomy related topic, and shares the latest findings and cutting edge science from noted professional astronomers, scientists, and scholars. Lectures introduce content that will engage the astronomy beginner as well as deliver a serious science fix to people with an advanced knowledge. One hour to 90 minutes of highly visual and stimulating presentation is followed by interactive an interactive question and answer session. For all ages. Sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Presidio Trust. At this Event The universe at its extremes is only dimly understood, with many fundamental questions unanswered: What were the first luminous objects to form? What powers the universe’s biggest explosions? How do omnipresent dark matter and dark radiation like neutrinos affect the history of the cosmos? What is the origin of cosmic particles seen at energies a hundred million times what we can produce on Earth? Nathan Whitehorn will discuss how the 3rd-generation South Pole Telescope, deployed in February at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and observing in the millimeter band, and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, completed in 2011 at the same site, provide insight into these questions and are bringing barely perceptible into view. Nathan Whitehorn, U.C. Berkeley, was named a “Young Star” by the Astrophysics Division of the American Physical Society in 2014. He became an active members of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory collaboration in 2007. Whitehorn’s contributions go beyond scientific results. He has been an enthusiastic team member, improving IceCube analysis tools and techniques, which are being used by many other studies within the collaboration. He is currently assisting in deploying the third-generation South Polar Telescope. Photo Credit: Keith Vanderlinde/Antarctic Photo Library