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Astronomy and Our Universe


Adult Enrichment / Recreation & Travel -
Winter 2022

Come ponder the universe’s vast wonderland. Begin by putting everything into perspective with a grand tour of the universe from Earth to the Big Bang, then examine the lives of stars and the key role they play in the creation of the elements that comprise our world. We will also discuss the simplest yet scariest objects of all, black holes. Then we’ll look at the variable sky, especially new “movies” of the sky being made and the crazy celestial menagerie they reveal. In the final session, meet at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics near Harvard Square, home of the Chandra Science Center. View the historic Great Refractor telescope dating to the 1840s, and learn about the much more recent discoveries Chandra has made during its two decades in orbit. Specifically designed to investigate very hot regions of the universe by resolving celestial X-ray sources with unprecedented precision, Chandra has greatly advanced the field of X-ray astronomy. See how its discoveries have illuminated exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and the doomed matter around black holes.

Paul Green

Paul Green is a NASA astrophysicist whose research ranges from dwarf stars to quasars. He works for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on NASA’s Chandra X-ray satellite telescope facility.

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RT-Universe

  Paul Green


Online
Mondays, Jan 31 - Mar 7
7:00 - 8:30 PM

  No Class Feb 21


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