DDO: Astronomy Speaker's Night - What Can We Learn from Gravitational Waves? (ONLINE)

Astronomy Speaker's Night - What Can We Learn from Gravitational Waves?
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Jess McIver

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. 

Gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime, allow us to sense systems we can't usually see with telescopes, including distant black hole collisions and the interior of nearby exploding stars. Where do these gravitational waves come from? How do we measure them? What can they teach us about the Universe that we can't learn with light alone?

Dr. Jess McIver is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Research Chair in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. She leads the UBC gravitational-wave astrophysics group, the UBC LIGO group, and the UBC-TRIUMF LISA group. She specializes in characterization of the Advanced LIGO detectors and astrophysical gravitational-wave data analysis.

Only one registration per household is required. Deadline to register for this program is Wednesday, June 8, 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