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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.

2014 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.


Please note that if a talk has filled and while the talk is going on, you do not need a reservation to still tour the Observatory, talk with SAS members in the dome, and look through telescopes if clear. On crowded nights, reservations are needed for going up to the dome after the talk has finished. Individuals with reservations for the talk automatically get a group number for going up to the dome, distributed in the order the reservations were made.

  • July 16 9:00 pm Anya Raj "Extra-Terrestrial Volcanism" Earth is not the only planet in the solar system blowing off a little lava and steam. Anya will cover the rest of the volcanism (rocky and cryovolcanism) in other worlds. This talk is currently full, with a current wait list of 10 people.
  • August 6 9:00 pm Cooper McDevitt "Black Holes, Pulsars, Magnetars, and Other Weird Objects in the Universe." Cooper will fill us all in on the latest for the weirdest objects in the Universe. Talk will be geared toward the younger visitors. This talk is now full; we are starting a waiting list in the event of no-shows.
  • August 20 9:00 pm Joel Tiura "Exoplanets Galore" Joel will be giving an overview of the recent discoveries of planets orbiting other stars. After the talk, we will be working with our Star Finders and a Kepler Mission star wheel that locates the brightest of the distant planetary systems and we will find them using our telescopes. Even though we won't be able to see the exoplanets directly, we will view their stars and know what's going on.
  • September 3 8:00 pm Jason Lozo "Comets, Kuiper Belt Objects, Dwarf Planets" Jason will discuss these minor bodies of the solar system and tell us why they are meaningful. Come at 8:30 pm for some liquid nitrogen ice cream - something that would be served on Pluto if you could travel there!
  • September 17 8:00 pm Z. Jing "Lives and Deaths of Stars and the Black Hole."
  • October 1 7:00 pm Dr. Ana Larson "You Are the First Kid on Mars" Dr. Larson will cover the book of the same title that was written by Dr. Jeffrey Bennett. Anya Raj, an undergraduate major in aeronautics and astronautics, will continue the discussion about how to actually get to Mars. The books "You Are the First Kid on Mars" and "The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity" will be given away.
  • October 15 7:00 pm Astronomy Undergraduate Research Overview In this our last open house of the season, undergraduate majors in astronomy will be giving short talks (~5 minutes each) of the research they have been involved in over the past 1 - 2 years. After the talks, the undergraduates will all sit at the front table and take questions about their undergraduate studies, research, hopes for graduate school, and any other topic of interest. If you are or know of a middle- junior- or high-school student who is considering a major in physics and astronomy at a college or university, then this is the night for you.

2014 Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April2168 - 10 pm
May7219 - 11 pm
June4189 - 11 pm
July2169 - 11 pm
August6209 - 11 pm
September3178 - 10 pm
October1157 - 9 pm
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