S. Walter Stewart Library: Finding Your Place in Space and Time

Roberto Abraham
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

In this talk, Prof. Roberto Abraham will will try to give you a "cosmic perspective," by describing what we know about the nature of the Universe and your place in it. He will certainly find excuses to show pictures of pretty galaxies and will talk about the impending launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and which is going to be insanely great.

Roberto Abraham is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. His work is focused on observations of galaxy formation and evolution and the development of innovative instruments. He has received multiple awards and a member of distinguished astronomical societies and is President of the Canadian Astronomical Society. He has advised NASA by serving as panel chair on the Hubble Space Telescope time allocation committee, and by serving as Canada's representative on the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee.

Prof. Abraham's proudest moment is winning second prize in the Vancouver All-City Elementary School Grade 6 spelling bee, where he lost out for not knowing how to spell the word "satellite," leading eventually to learning how to spell the word "ironic."

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Toronto Public Library
Location: 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 2K5, 416-396-3975