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Event Date and Location Summary
Frontiers of Astronomy: Our Future Off-Earth Thu. March 9th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106

Our Future Off-Earth
Chris Impey, University of Arizona
The Space Age is half a century old. Its early successes were driven by a fierce superpower rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, which tended to obscure the fact that exploration and risk‐taking is built into human DNA. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: The Frontier From Space Thu. April 13th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106

The Frontier From Space
Daniela Calzetti, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
In 2015 the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th anniversary. Hubble has produced a paradigm shift in how both astronomers and the general public understand the Universe, and it may be time to take stock of all the accomplishments of the many space missions undertaken by numerous agencies — ESA and NASA in particular — over the past 30 years. …Read more.

Past Events

Event Date Summary
Frontiers of Astronomy: The Quest for Infinite Telescope Aperture: Are We There Yet? Thu. December 8th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Quest for Infinite Telescope Aperture: Are We There Yet?
Michael Skrutskie, University of Virginia
Since the invention of the telescope somewhere in the Netherlands around the end of the 16th century one thing has generally mattered most to builders and users of these instruments… larger apertures collect more light and reveal finer detail, ultimately opening the door to studies ranging from observations of the most distant observable universe, the direct detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, and “spacecraft quality” observations of Solar System objects. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: A Space‐time Symphony of Gravitational Waves Thu. November 10th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

A Space‐time Symphony of Gravitational Waves
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Vanderbilt University
On February 11, 2016, scientists announced the first detection of gravitational waves, a Nobel Prize‐level achievement and a profound moment for humankind. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: Pluto’s Lonely Ice Cap Thu. October 13th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Pluto’s Lonely Ice Cap
Doug Hamilton, University of Maryland
The icy white heart of Pluto became an instant sensation after the 2015 New Horizons flyby, featured on websites, blogs, and T‐shirts worldwide. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: Biography of the Milky Way Thu. April 14th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Biography of the Milky Way
James Bullock, University of California, Irvine

The Universe on the grandest scales is a vast network of galaxies.  Dotted along an expanding cosmic web,  galaxies shine with the collective light of thousands to billions of stars.  …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: Galactic Cannibalism Thu. March 3rd, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Galactic Cannibalism
Kathryn Johnston, Columbia University

Galaxies! Images of these objects are awe-inspiring – spirals of billions of stars, along with the gas and dust from which stars form, spinning slowly in the sky. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: Gamma Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang Thu. December 10th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Gamma Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang
Edo Berger, Harvard University
Representing Nature’s biggest explosions since the Big Bang itself, gamma-ray bursts were first accidentally spotted in the 1960s by Department of Defense satellites hunting for terrestrial nuclear blasts. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: The History of the Milky Way Written in the Stars Thu. November 12th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The History of the Milky Way Written in Stars
Jennifer Johnson, Ohio State University

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, did not always look as it does now, a multi-armed spiral galaxy with at least one neighborhood hospitable to life. …Read more.

Frontiers of Astronomy: 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope Thu. October 15th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope
Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute

In April 1990, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into Earth orbit, and launched a new era of astronomical discovery. …Read more.

Stellar Mergers and Interactions: Yes, Virginia, Stars Do Collide Thu. April 16th, 2015
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Stellar Mergers and Interactions: Yes, Virginia, Stars Do Collide
Alison Sills, McMaster University
Professor Sills will discuss strong interactions between stars in a variety of environments. Despite the vast (average) interstellar distances, stars are social creatures and tend to live in pairs, multiples, or groups. …Read more.

Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time Thu. March 5th, 2015
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time
Volker Bromm, University of Texas, Austin
How and when did the cosmic dark ages end? I will present the remarkable story of how the first stars and galaxies formed, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. …Read more.

Probing the Dark Universe Thu. December 11th, 2014
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Probing the Dark Universe
Josh Frieman, University of Chicago / FermiLab
Over the last two decades, cosmologists have made a remarkable discovery about our Universe: only 4% is made of ordinary matter—atoms, molecules, etc. …Read more.

Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet Thu. November 13th, 2014
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet
Sarah Ballard, University of Washington
Astronomers used to hedge at the question of whether the Sun and its system of planets are unusual in the cosmos. …Read more.


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