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TJO Evening Public Talk Schedule and Topics

The majority of the talks of the open house season are given by undergraduates at the University of Washington, individuals who are either majoring in physics and astronomy or are in other majors but really enthusiastic about astronomy. The level of the talks varies with the topic. Some are geared more to the younger visitors; most are geared for high school level. Please come and lend your support. By being in the audience you will be taking part in the educational program at the U of W.

2015 Observing Season and Open Houses at Jacobsen Observatory

Reservations are strongly recommended for the talks as the TJO classroom holds only 45 people. All visitors are welcome to come and tour the observatory and view the night sky if clear. The Seattle Astronomical Society members will be on hand to answer questions.

May 6 - 9:00 pm engineering student Riley Harris “The State of the Planet, The Future of Space Travel.” Riley will give us a brief history of space travel, an honest look at the current state of Earth, and the possibilities for future space travel and colonization.
May 6 - 9:30 pm engineering student Kyle Musselwhite “Hey, What’s That Sound? The Universe!” Kyle will outline relationships between the history of science and musical thinking, followed by why music is a useful tool for conceptualizing certain properties of the universe (especially time and distance).
May 20 - 9:00 pm Lauren Burch, majoring in physics and astronomy, will be summarizing the Basics of Special Relativity. Special relativity must be considered when speeds approach even a small fraction of the speed of lightas well as those that approach the speed of light. What effect does traveling at the highest speeds have on our perception of time? Of the lengths of our measuring sticks? Of those who try to keep track of us?
May 20 - 9:30 pm Boren Li, majoring in computer science and engineering, will continue our solar system exploration and study with a talk titled, “Comparative Planetology: Where Will We Go?” After giving an overview of the planets and comparing conditions to those on Earth, Boren will summarize our best prospect(s) for colonization.
June 3 - 9:00 pm Rachel Morton, physics and astronomy major "Supernovae and the Implications for an Accelerating Universe." There has been plenty of media attention regarding the evidence that the Universe is speeding up in its expansion. Rachel will summarize the evidence and the implications for the far distant future.
June 17 - 9:00 pm Rebecca Kemmerer, senior in physics and astronomy, will be covering “Stars and Their Place in the Milky Way.” Her talk will include a discussion of the different types of stars in our galaxy and the ways that their masses influence how they are born, live, and die.
July 1 - 9:00 pm Sylvia Kowalski, taking on The Role of a Solar-System Realtor, will introduce us to the many "properties" that we might want to consider when we are looking to buy a piece of another planet. Which one satisfies our requirements? At the upper end of our budget might be a side canyon of Valles Marineris, with a distant view of Olympus Mons. Or, we might decide to find something well under budget - an igloo on Europa comes to mind - so that we have money left over to remodel.

2015 Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April1158 - 10 pm
May6209 - 11 pm
June3179 - 11 pm
July1159 - 11 pm
August5199 - 11 pm
September2168 - 10 pm
October7217 - 9 pm
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