High in the plains of New Mexico, 27 of the world's most accomplished radio dishes are observing day and night, working on one of their most ambitious projects yet. By the end of this July, they will have imaged the entire northern sky, detecting nearly 2 million astronomical radio sources. Many of these sources are fixtures in the sky, changing slowly over millions of years. But some of them are temporary and brilliant flashes: black holes launching new jets at close to the speed of light, supernova remnants plowing through dense shells of gas, and new populations of explosions that might only be identifiable with a radio telescope. What other explosions might be hiding out there, and how can we identify them? Let's find out!
About the Series
Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by a Q&A panel and 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 and panel Q&A last 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.
Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture and panel Q&A takes place regardless of weather.
For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.