Learning Unlimited: Finding the Universe’s Very First Stars
Mon, November 4, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Big Bang theory, describing the origin of our universe, is very well established today. We have ample evidence that the universe originated from a hot singularity, then expanded and cooled over time. Nevertheless, there is still a missing piece of the puzzle: the formation of the first stars! Our current theories predict that the first stars in the universe should have formed quickly (by cosmic standards) and at a very specific time. Is this really true?
Seeing is believing, but looking for these very first stars is tricky. This presentation will explore the observational challenges we face and will show how (finally!) we are on the brink of success. Currently, there are multiple experiments competing with each other to find this "first light” of the stars. Deepthi Gorthi, a 5th year doctoral student and Wonderfest Science Envoy, will describe the telescope that her lab is helping to build, and how it is different from the other experiments underway –– and why you should really bet on this one to succeed! This event is co sponsored co presented with Wonderfest; https://wonderfest.org.
Please call 415.444.8000 to register.
Registrations are non-refundable.
Learning Unlimited and Exploring Opera classes are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Carol & Duff Kurland and donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund in support of Adult & Senior Programs .
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