Strange Telescopes: Universes Made By Machines
Time: September 24th, Sat, 2022 17: 10- 18: 40
Speaker: Connor Hugh Bottrell（Kavli IPMU Project Researcher）
Location: Tamarokuto Science Center
Depending on the spread of covid-19, possibly changed to online event.
Audience: Junior high school students and older
Organizers: Kavli IPMU / Tamarokuto Science Center
Harnessing light at all frequencies, current ground and space-based telescope facilities give us a window into 14 billion years of cosmic evolution. By drawing connections between the state-of-affairs in the early Universe and today, we seek to answer one of the most important scientific and philosophical questions: How did we get here?
Unfortunately, many of the most important phenomena (e.g. the build-up, collision, and coalescence of galaxies) take too long compared to the typical sapiens lifetime. So, to connect observations to events that happened billions prior, astronomers can make inferences using computer simulations that explicitly model the co-evolution of gas, stars, and dark matter through cosmic history. In this talk, I will discuss how these “strange telescopes” evolved from light-bulbs on a laboratory bench to supercomputers in cooled warehouses. Meanwhile, I will be drawing connections to corresponding progress in our understanding of how galaxies like the Milky Way formed, and where it is going next!
Pre-registration: Required by September 12th, Mon
Those who are able to participate this event will receive a postcard for participation by September 16th.