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Friday, November 21 • 7:00-8:30 pm
Party With the Stars Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor presentation, we will set up telescopes outside, weather permitting.
Space Place family workshops are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required for
any of the workshops but attendance is LIMITED to the first 50 people.
October 25• "Solar Cooking" How can we cook using the sun? Make your own solar oven and see how it works.
November 1• "Paddle Power" Take the engineering challenge and see if you can make a boat that will paddle itself through the water.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, November 11 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Real-Life Death Stars: Why Supernova Explosions are Even Weirder than You Think"
by Prof. Jennifer L. Hoffman, University of Denver
Scientists famously like to assume idealized shapes for the objects they study - hence the joke about the "spherical cow". However, recent evidence suggests that the colossal stellar explosions called supernovae are not smooth round fireballs, but instead take on a variety of complex shapes that change over time. Studying these shapes can give us clues to how supernovae work and what kinds of stars give rise to them. Jennifer will discuss the tools astronomers use to investigate supernova shapes and what we're learning from them about stellar life cycles in galaxies far, far away.
Friday, November 21 • 6:00-7:00 pm
Build and learn to use your own telescope! We will construct the telescope, help you learn to use the lenses that are included, and give you some tips for observing. The fee for the workshop is $25 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Please email email@example.com to register for the workshop.
Even though the weather did not cooperate for us here in Madison, you can still watch the solar eclipse on Griffith Observatory TV. What's even better is that the two and a half hour event has been compressed into a minute.
Special Guest Presentation for the General Public
Tuesday, October 28th • Noon - 1:00 pm •145 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive on the UW-Madison campus
"Heart of Darkness" by Prof. Jeremiah Ostriker, Columbia University
Prof. Ostriker specializes in studying the large scale structure of the universe, cosmology, and will explore the current state of our understanding in this lecture. We know that a cosmic model with more dark matter than ordinary chemical elements and even more dark energy than dark matter works well (i.e. matches all of the facts), but we do not know the nature of these dominant dark components. While the resulting model "works" to great precision, it still leaves unanswered some of the most fundamental cosmic questions. Can we unravel the secrets to of the universe and construct a scientific model that is believable? Come to Prof. Ostriker's talk to find out!