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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.

July 15 - 9:00 pm Riley Harris (engineering) and Rachel Morton (physics and astronomy) will be presenting and overview of the Shape of the Universe and Possible Implications of the Theories Will the Universe end in fire or a deep freeze? NOTE: This talk is completely full with the waitlist now closed. Visitors with reservations have priority for visiting the dome.
August 5 - 9:00 pm Tristan Hillis, senior in physics and astronomy, will be talking about Saturn - the planet, the rings, and the moons. Saturn will be too far to the West for our viewing; however, it will be back next summer and more of us will know more about this ringed planet. NOTE: This talk is currently full. A second session has been added.
August 5 - 9:30 pm Tristan will be repeating his talk on Saturn. NOTE: This talk is also full, and no more reservations are possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to visit the Observatory and take part in the talks given by UW undergraduates. The classroom holds only 50 people; the dome that houses the 1892 refracting telescope can have a maximum of only 12 adults at a time. Visits to the dome and discussions with Seattle Astronomical Society members last about 10-15 minutes. We are excited with how excited everyone is about astronomy! The remaining 3 talks still have room for reservations. Please reserve as soon as you can if you'd like to attend. "Tickets" (which are free) to visit the dome are distributed in the order in which reservations are made.
August 19 - 9:00 pm The talk will be by 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).
September 2 - 8:00 pm Mallory Thorpe (physics and astronomy) will be presenting an all inclusive discussion titled The Planet Club. Included will be how the definition of a planet has changed over the years, covering the discovery of Neptune, exoplanets, and the controversy of Pluto's planetary status.
September 16 - 8:00 pm Brianna Lacy (physics and astronomy). ExomoonsExoplanetology has exploded in the last ten years. On the cutting edge of this young and growing field, a small group of astronomers are moving a step further and searching for exomoons. No discoveries have been made to date, but given planetary formation theories and the abundance of moons in our own solar system, there is little doubt that Exomoons are plentiful. Come and hear an over view of exomoon study including: their relevance to accurate planetary characterization, the possibility of habitable exomoons, and the techniques astronomers are implementing to try and find them.

2015 Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April1158 - 10 pm
May6209 - 11 pm
June3179 - 11 pm
July1159 - 11 pm
August5199 - 11 pm
September2168 - 10 pm
Our observing open house season ends on September 16, 2015. Thanks to everyone for the enthusiasm, questions, patience, inquisitiveness, and for coming to share astronomy with us! Hope to see many of you again starting April 6, 2016.
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