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Stargazing Lecture

Friday, July 8, 2016
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Simulating the Universe on a Supercomputer
Cameron Hummels, Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech,

As technology has advanced over the last several decades, so too has our ability to use computers to simulate the formation and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe itself. I will describe and highlight simulations modeling how black holes merge, how supernovae explode, how galaxies form, and how the Universe has evolved since the Big Bang. Come discover the ways in which simulations are driving our understanding of the heavens and see a live demo on one of the most powerful super computers on Earth.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

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For more information, please contact Cameron Hummels by email at [email protected].