Public Lecture

Andrew J. Connolly
Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington
Director of the DIRAC (Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology) Institute
Streaming the Universe | Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public | No Registration or Ticket Needed | Facebook Event

Talk Abstract

The birth and death of stars. The orbits of asteroids scattered by interactions with existing and vanished giant planets. The subtle distortions in the shapes of galaxies that will reveal the nature of dark energy and dark matter. As astronomers map the skies in ever increasing detail we will begin to reveal the processes by which our Universe formed and evolved. In this talk I will describe what we might learn from a new generation of telescopes, satellites and surveys and how observations of the distant universe relate to how we view the Earth.


Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus
Building: Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
Room: McCormick Auditorium (across from the Norris Starbucks)


Campus parking lots are free and open after 4:00 p.m. Park in the Lakeside Parking Structure or the South Campus Garage. Walk 5 minutes north to Norris University Center. The talk is in McCormick Auditorium, across from Starbucks.


Professor Connolly is on the Board of Advisors of IDEAS. The Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences (IDEAS) program is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program at Northwestern University. Northwestern’s IDEAS program is transforming graduate STEM education by prioritizing integrated research and learning, professional skill development, and preparation for data-intensive careers throughout the academic and professional sector.

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