SC 211: Exploring Our Universe. Class presentation available for viewing.

Our view of the universe will soon take a giant leap forward. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear first-hand from the scientists making history. In October 2018 the successor to the Hubble, the $8 billion James Webb Telescope, will be launched. We will learn about the mission directly from the program’s chief engineer.

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This past year, mankind has for the first time ‘seen’ ripples in space-time, aka Gravity Waves. We will hear from one of the world’s primary researchers.

Thursday, April 6: James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

As big as a tennis court and seven times Hubble’s resolution, it’s the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched and will search for light from the first stars formed after the Big Bang.

Presenter: John Arenberg, Ph.D.,  Engineering, UCLA, Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman’s James Webb Space Program.

Thursday, April 13: NASA Update

An overview of the search for life beyond Earth, including planetary explorations within our solar system, exoplanet discoveries, SETI, and future research.

Presenter: Michal Peri, Ph.D.,  Astronomy, Caltech. Patented methods for automated microscope analysis of cancer biopsies; designed instrumentation for Palomar Observatory.

Thursday, April 20: Gravity Waves   

  OLLI talk on Exoplanets

Gravitational waves are not electromagnetic waves, but a completely different phenomenon, carrying information about cosmic objects like black holes. Learn about recent finds at the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).

Presenter: Geoffrey Lovelace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, CSU Fullerton. Researcher at CSUF Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Center, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes collaboration and LIGO.

 Developer: Marc Nussbaum


Thursdays, April 6, 13 and 20

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


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