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Watson Lecture - The Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
8:00pm to 9:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
Thomas Soifer, Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus; Director, Spitzer Science Center, Caltech,
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On January 30, 2020, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission will end, more than 16 years after launch and four decades after conception. In his talk, Soifer will describe the innovations that led to Spitzer's long lifespan and illustrate the mission's main findings, which include revealing a stellar system with seven earth-size planets and massive galaxies in an infant universe.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested via Eventbrite. Registration is not a guaranteed seat or a reserved ticket*. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


* Reserved tickets are printed tickets available in advance from the Caltech Ticket Office to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and The Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni. A reserved ticket guarantees a seat until 7:45 p.m., and grants access to a reserved section in the auditorium. If you are a member of The Friends of Beckman or The Caltech Associates, or are a graduate of Caltech, please contact the Ticket Office to reserve your Watson Lecture tickets.

About the Speaker

Thomas Soifer is Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, and Director of the Spitzer Science Center.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.DOWNLOAD THE SERIES BROCHURE

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