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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Scott Randall
October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Scott Randall presents “Black Holes, Exploding Stars, and Clusters of Galaxies: 20 Years of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.”
Chandra is one of NASA’s four “Great Observatories.” Launched in 1999, it continues to provide the sharpest views of the X-ray universe. Chandra’s unprecedented observing capabilities have allowed scientific breakthroughs on everything from supermassive black holes and exploding stars to the environments of alien worlds and clusters of galaxies. Join Dr. Randall as he shares research highlights from the past two decades, and take a tour of some of the many breathtaking images this telescope has given astronomers.
Dr. Randall received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia and did a postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Currently he is on the Chandra Mission Planning Science Operations Team, and his research interests include X-ray and high-energy astrophysics, AGN feedback, galaxy clusters, large scale structure and cosmology, and dark matter. This presentation also will look at the future of X-ray astronomy and a new space-based observatory.
The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the second Thursday of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival. It will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.
Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for adults, $5 for UMaine students/veterans/senior citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view the calendar.
Tickets are available online at http://astro.umaine.edu, by calling 581.1341, or at the Emera Astronomy Center box office.