The AstroLecture Series is held every third Tuesday of the month and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in partnership with the Presidio Trust. Each lecture focuses on an astronomy related topic, and shares the latest findings and cutting edge science from noted professional astronomers, scientists, and scholars. Lectures introduce content that will engage the astronomy beginner as well as deliver a serious science fix to people with an advanced knowledge. One hour to 90 minutes of highly visual and stimulating presentation is followed by an interactive question and answer session. For all ages. Sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Presidio Trust.
At this Event
Tom Abel, Director, Kavli Institute, Professor, Dept of Physics, Stanford
Journey through the early universe using the latest computer animations of early star formation, supernova explosions and the build-up of the first galaxies. Dr. Abel’s work has shown that the first luminous objects in the universe were very massive starts shining one million times as brightly as our Sun. They died quickly and seeded the cosmos with the chemical elements necessary for life. One star at a time, galaxies started to assemble just one hundred million years after the Big Bang, and they are still growing now. Computer simulations of these events use the physics of dark matter, or ordinary atoms and molecules, and of expanding space to deliver remarkable insights in the early history of the cosmos.
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