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East End Dark Skies Spark a Career in Astrophysics

presented by Dr. Ian Czekala, Harvard University

7:30 PM Thursday, August 18, 2016
Ross School Tennis Center
20 Goodfriend Dr

 

A native of Long Island, Ian Czekala grew up stargazing under the dark night skies of the East End. Now 28 years old, he just received his PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University and will join Stanford University as a research fellow this fall. He will talk about his experience of studying to become a professional astronomer, as well as describe what it is like to do research at several of the world's largest observatories, including the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico. In conjunction with the describing the journey of studying for a PhD, he will also discuss the topic of his own research--how stars and planets form and evolve--as well as how recent observations at some of these telescopes have opened up exciting new questions of how solar systems like our own form.

Following this talk (weather permitting) telescopes will be available for a guided tour of the night sky hosted by Montauk Observatory astronomers.

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