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Astro Lunch Talks

Astro Lunch Talks
Wednesdays, 11:45am-1:00pm, 76-1275 Carlson Learning Center. 
Topics will be emailed prior to the talk. Please contact Ben Sargent for more information. 
Upcoming Talk Details
Date/Time:  Wednesday February 3rd, 2016
Speaker: Michael Richmond

TITLE: "Predicting the future: Disney's guess at a trip to the Moon"


How accurate are predictions for space missions even a few years in the future?   For example, will NASA really redirect the orbit of an asteroid in the 2030s?   Let's look back at an earlier attempt to foresee our future in space.   In 1955, the Walt Disney corporation produced "Man and the Moon," a short film describing a manned rocket mission from the Earth to the Moon and back.   We can watch the film and keep score of how many items were guessed correctly.


2015-2016 Academic Year Scheduled Dates
Date Speaker Title
Kevin Cooke 
Star Formation in `Red & Dead' Brightest Cluster Galaxies
Brennan Ireland
Construction of an Approximate, Non-Precessing, Spinning Black Hole Binary Spacetime via Asymptotic Matching
Sravani Vaddi
Feedback from Active Galaxies:  Effect on Star Formation in Brightest Cluster Galaxies vs Isolated Galaxies
Michael Richmond
The ups and downs of looking for variable objects in Hyper-Suprime-Cam data
Zachary Silberman
Numerical Generation of Vector Potentials from Specified Magnetic Fields
Jeyhan Kartaltepe
AGN in Infrared Galaxies and the Evolving BPT Diagram
Yuanhao Zhang
Model-Based Cross-correlation Search for Gravitational-Wave Signal from Scorpius X-1
11/4/2015 Benjamin Sargent & Joel Kastner Perspectives on Kepler 8462852: That's no sun-grazing comet, it's a Dyson Sphere!  Maybe
11/18/2015 Sukanya Chakrabarti A Receding Group of Stars In Norma
12/9/2015 Karen Collins The KELT Transit Survey and the Exoplanet Discovery Process
1/27/2016 Giacomo Fragione Globular Clusters and Super Massive Black Holes: High Velocity Stars Production
2/3/2016 Michael Richmond Predicting the future: Disney's guess at a trip to the Moon
2/17/2016 Manuela Campanelli TBA
3/2/2016 TBA TBA
3/16/2016 TBA TBA
4/6/2016 TBA TBA
4/20/2016 TBA TBA
5/4/2016 TBA TBA
5/25/2016 TBA TBA
Past Talks
2013-2014 Academic Year Astro Lunch Talks