Summer 2014 Shows
AstroBreaks are free planetarium shows from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on select Wednesdays. All are welcome!
Each program includes a description of the night sky and some of its treasures, along with exploration of a special astronomical topic. This summer, AstroBreaks will feature guest lecturers from the UWM Physics Department!
June 11: A star is born: how stars form from the interstellar gas
Guest Lecturer: Phil Chang
Stars like humans are born, live and die. This is a story of how they come into being
July 9: The mystery of dark matter
Guest Lecturer: Laleh Sadeghian
The mysterious Dark Matter outweighs ordinary matter; all of the atoms that make up stars, galaxies and clouds in the cosmosby a factor of four to one. We'll discuss the evidence for the universe's great mystery and what it could be.
July 16: Playing detective with stars
Guest Lecturer: Astrid Lamberts
By looking at dead stars, astronomers learn about the evolution and composition of all types of stars. In this presentation, we will do "stellar investigations" and try to get some clues about stellar life by looking at the intriguing yet beautiful remnants they leave behind.
August 20: Kilonovae: The source of all gold on Earth?
Guest Lecturer: Laura Nuttall
Kilonova explosions occur through the collision of a pair of superdense objects called neutrons stars or a neutron star and black home. Quite different to supernovae, these events are much dimmer and only one kilonova has ever been reported. We'll discuss these fascinating events and how our jewelry might be made of colliding star stuff!
August 27: When galaxies collide: detecting gravitational waves with pulsars
Guest Lecturer: Joseph Simon
Using observations of pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars that emit radio pulses, we can observe the gravitational signature of merging supermassive black holes.
Archive of past Astrobreaks.