2016 - 2017 Astro Seminar Schedule

DateEvent TypeSpeakerTitle
09/23/2016Astro SeminarAshley ZaudererObservational Signatures of Tidal Disruption Events: Are Jets and Radio Emission Ubiquitous? [ + Description ]
09/30/2016Astro SeminarZoltan HaimanRapid Formation of the First Supermassive Black Holes [ + Description ]
10/07/2016Astro SeminarPeter GarnavichThe Earliest Hours of Supernovae with Kepler/K2 [ + Description ]
10/21/2016Astro SeminarRachel SommervilleThe impact of AGN driven winds on galaxy quenching, morphology, and structure [ + Description ]
11/04/2016Astro SeminarAdrian LiuThe Past, Present, and Future of 21cm Cosmology [ + Description ]
11/11/2016Astro SeminarPieter van DokkumExploring the low surface brightness sky with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array [ + Description ]
11/18/2016Astro SeminarJo BovyStellar streams and fundamental physics [ + Description ]
12/02/2016Astro SeminarSjoert van VelzenNew ways to study the tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes [ + Description ]
01/23/2017Astro SeminarMaryam ModjazStellar Forensics with the Most Powerful Explosions in the Universe [ + Description ]
01/27/2017Big Apple ColloquiumHiranya PeirisTowards Fundamental Physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background [ + Description ]
02/03/2017Astro SeminarPhilipp MoestaModeling the most powerful explosions in 3D [ + Description ]
02/10/2017Astro SeminarBenoit CotéConnecting Nuclear Astrophysics to Cosmological Structure Formation with Galactic Chemical Evolution [ + Description ]
02/17/2017Astro SeminarOr GraurRage against the dying of the light: what can we learn from three-year-old supernovae? [ + Description ]
03/10/2017Astro SeminarAna BonacaThe Milky Way halo in the Gaia era [ + Description ]
03/17/2017Astro Seminarn/ano astro seminar -- Spring Break [ + Description ]
03/24/2017Astro Seminarn/ano astro seminar -- prospective graduate student day [ + Description ]
03/31/2017Astro SeminarEmanuele CastorinaCosmology with Neutral Hydrogen [ + Description ]
04/07/2017Astro SeminarColin HillNew Information in Ancient Photons: Novel Approaches to CMB Secondary Anisotropies [ + Description ]
04/14/2017Astro SeminarRuth AngusUnlocking stellar ages with Gaia: prospects for galactic archaeology and exoplanet populations [ + Description ]
04/21/2017Astro SeminarEliot QuataertThe Surprisingly Dynamic Last Years in the Lives of Massive Stars [ + Description ]
04/28/2017Astro SeminarAndy HowellA new window into supernovae and their progenitors with Las Cumbres Observatory [ -- Description ]

Description: I'll describe the six year effort to observe 1000.nearby supernovae in unprecedented detail, including sooner after explosion than was previously possible. This is possible because of Las Cumbres Observatory, a global robotic network of eighteen 2 meter, 1m, and 0.4m telescopes. The network allows us to take observations within minutes of triggering observations, to observe continuously without being interrupted by daytime, to rarely miss observations due to weather, and to build large samples of supernovae with a relatively small team. As a result we are discovering new classes of supernovae, and making new discoveries about their progenitors based on their early data. One new finding is that it a large fraction of massive stars (even normal red giants) have mass loss episodes within days to weeks of exploding. This is a surprise from a stellar evolution perspective and remains poorly understood. I'll also show several new types of supernovae, including one perplexing event that remains bright for years, with multiple peaks in the light curve. (11:00 AM, 726 Broadway, 940, CCPP Seminar)
05/19/2017Astro SeminarAbigail PolinModeling Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass White Dwarf Explosions [ + Description ]