Astronomy Talks: Lightning and Thunder – Using Light & Gravitational Waves to Study the Universe

Thursday,
October 22, 2020, 5:30 pm

6:00 pm

This is the story of an emerging era in astronomy. For centuries, we have studied our cosmos by capturing light in telescopes. A few years ago, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revolutionized the way we do astronomy with their detection of gravitational waves from a pair of merging black holes. This talk will give an overview of the amazing astrophysics that can be done by combining light and gravitational waves with an emphasis on one of the biggest problems in cosmology – the Hubble tension.

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The UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy believes in the importance of engaging with our local communities and is currently working to develop new programs to facilitate these efforts. We aim to invest in the next generation of Astronomers by: Creating informational tools and materials with the intent to aide in the understanding of Astronomy-related concepts and topics. Providing more interactive, face-to-face opportunities for those who otherwise would not have ready access to the various types of resources in our employ. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a launching pad for those who possess a curiosity in our field of study and to encourage the burgeoning interests of individuals of all ages.
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