Unveiling the Cosmos

For centuries, people have looked up at the night sky and marveled at everything it holds. Space is indeed full of fascinating objects and processes – from other planets (maybe some like Earth) to black holes. Unveiling the Cosmos will tour the astronomical universe from small to large scales.

This seminar will introduce students to a wide variety of astrophysical phenomena ranging from planets orbiting other stars to distant galaxies and beyond. Each class will be devoted to a specific topic, led by a new person with specific expertise and often with research expertise in the area. You will be introduced to cutting edge research and unanswered problems in astronomy today. Examples of topics in the past have included planets around other stars, supernovae explosions as stars die, and open questions in astronomy today. This semester, we will bring a new set of speakers with new topics and ideas to share.

Meets on: Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting: 2/4/2021
Sessions: 6
Class Size: unlimited
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a research institute that carries out a board program in astronomy, earth and space sciences, and science education. Each week we will hear from graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are working at the forefront of their respective fields. Speakers will have spent considerable time engaging with a particular subject in astronomy and will design lectures aimed to introduce topics in astronomy as well as how their research will contribute to the field. This course is led by Charles Law and Jesse Han. Charles is a third-year graduate student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is interested in observational radio astronomy with a particular focus on the chemical composition of protoplanetary disks. Jesse is a second-year graduate student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics studying our Galaxy's stellar halo.