UofT AstroTour: Earth Hour 2015 - Lights OFF Universe ON

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come explore our precious place in the Cosmos featuring a talk by new Dunlap Institute Director Bryan Gaensler, planetarium shows, telescope observing, astronomy activities and exhibits, and a Chat with an Astronomer reception.

•5:40 – 6:40 – Planetarium Shows (15 minutes each)
•6:00 – 7:00 – Reception in the Earth Sciences Building Lobby
•7:00 – 8:00 – Talk by Bryan Gaensler
•8:00 – 8:15 – Post-Talk & Time to Walk to the Telescopes
•8:15 – 10:00 – Telescope Observing, Activities, & Refreshments
•8:30 – 9:30 – Earth Hour!

How The Universe Will Get Us In The End
The stars of the night sky appear gentle, peaceful and unchanging. But this is a lie. The Universe is a violent and catastrophic place, with dozens of tools at its disposal to wipe out all life on Earth with almost no warning. And astronomers are only beginning to appreciate the true scope of the dramatic forces that drive the Universe’s evolution.

About the Speaker
Professor Bryan Gaensler is an award-winning astronomer and author, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on dying stars, interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions. A former Young Australian of the Year, NASA Hubble Fellow, Harvard professor and Australian Laureate Fellow, Gaensler is Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. His popular astronomy book Extreme Cosmos was published worldwide in 2012, and has been translated into four other languages.

The U of T Astronomy Public Tour, or AstroTour, is a monthly event operated by the graduate students of the U of T Astronomy Department. The Tour features a public lecture by a member of the Department on topics ranging from their research to great moments in astronomical history. Following the lecture, tour-goers can peer at the night sky through the Department’s balcony and dome telescopes, or watch a planetarium show run live by astronomer. Admission to the tour is free. Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis (doors open ten minutes before the start of the lecture), and the telescope observing is walk-in.

The AstroTours are generously financed by the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Reservations: Only required for Planetarium Shows (available March 21st at noon)
Organized by: Graduate Astronomy Students Association, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
Location: University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre, Room 1050, 33 Willcocks Street, Toronto