DDO: Astronomy Speaker's Night - Probing the Epoch of Reionization with the Simons Observatory (ONLINE)

Probing the Epoch of Reionization with the Simons Observatory
Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Speaker: Margaret Ikape

Join us, from the comfort of your home! This program will feature live-stream views from the DDO's 74-Inch telescope (Weather permitting). Explore breaking news from space and current research into what lies beyond our home planet! Each night, we’ll take a virtual tour of the DDO, hear from our speakers about their own amazing space research, and ask them all our questions about what they know and what they’re discovering.

Astronomers are currently trying to understand some gaps in our knowledge of the history of the universe, and Margaret Ikape is interested in filling in the blanks in the epoch of reionization. Using computer simulations, and then later data from the Simons Observatory, she’ll discuss how we work towards understanding some fundamental questions about the epoch of reionization, like how big the first stars were and how long it took the universe to reionize.

Margaret Ikape is a PhD candidate in the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. She was born in Nigeria, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy. She completed a Masters degree in Mathematical sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, AIMS, Cameroon and another Masters degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto before beginning PhD studies in Toronto. Her interest in astronomy started at a very young age and that interest has been sustained by the numerous unanswered questions about the universe. Her current work is to try to understand the nature of the early universe using simulations and data from upcoming telescopes.

Only one registration per household is required. Deadline to register for this program is Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 4:00pm. Prior to the start of the program you will be emailed information on the virtual program links and any specific information relating to your program.

Who can attend: Ages 10 and up
Fee: $12.76
Registration: ActiveRH
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre