Stargazing Lecture

Friday, December 10, 2021
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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A Brief History of the Fast Radio Burst Enigma
Liam Connor, Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
  • Public Event

Because this is an online event, the in-person stargazing that normally follows events in this series will not be possible.


Join the YouTube Livestream here: https://youtu.be/HRt-VMHNf1A

7:00–7:30 p.m. - Virtual Lecture
7:30–9:00 p.m. - Virtual Panel Q&A and Discussion

Fast Radio Bursts, or "FRBs", are short blasts of radio waves that come from galaxies billions of light years away. They are extraordinarily bright, brief, and common, but due to technological limitations we only began discovering them recently. Despite significant progress in the field, the exact origin of FRBs remains unclear. In my lecture, I'll walk through an exciting decade of FRB discovery and speculate on what is (and what almost certainly isn't...) causing these mysterious, powerful flashes from across the universe.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by a Q&A panel and guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing and panel Q&A last 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture and panel Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

For more information, please contact Cameron Hummels by email at chummels@caltech.edu.