Free Public Lectures Online

Each event features a noted scientist who discusses a different cosmic topic. These lectures will be presented with a livestream to YouTube, and questions can be asked in the YouTube chat. The recordings will also be posted on our YouTube channel and accessible from this page. 

Upcoming Online Lectures

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2 Feb 2021
The Milky Way vs. Andromeda: When Galaxies Collide

Speaker: Laura Prichard (Space Telescope Science Institute)

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2 Mar 2021
The Hubble Space Telescope: From Cosmological Conflict to Alien Atmospheres

Speaker: Tom Brown (Space Telescope Science Institute)

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6 Apr 2021
Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

Speaker: Christopher Wanjek

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19 Jan 2021
Lectures The Darkest Secrets of the Universe
Speaker: Raja Guhathakurta (UC Santa Cruz) The cosmos contains many mysteries that intrigue even the most experienced researchers. The interplay between known and unknown constantly shifts and aligns....
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1 Dec 2020
Lectures Shaping Galaxies with Supermassive Black Hole Winds
Speaker: Mitchell Revalski (Space Telescope Science Institute) Galaxies are a diverse population with a wide range of sizes, shapes, intensity of star formation, and masses of the supermassive...
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10 Nov 2020
Lectures Hearing The Light: How Sonification Deepens our Understanding of the Cosmos and Makes Astronomy More Accessible
Speakers: Scott Fleming, Clara Brasseur, and Jennifer Kotler (Space Telescope Science Institute) Sonification is the process of representing data as sound. Rather than looking at a chart or...
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6 Oct 2020
Lectures The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman and Dr. Julie McEnery (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA announced this year that the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope will officially be named the Nancy Grace Roman...
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1 Sep 2020
Lectures Sailing across the Local Universe with ULLYSES: A Hubble Program to Observe Ultraviolet Light from Young Stars
Speaker: Will Fischer (Space Telescope Science Institute) We've all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Astronomers go further and say that a spectrum is worth a thousand pictures....
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4 Aug 2020
Lectures Armchair Astrophysics: Finding Physics Far and Wide
Speaker: Quyen Hart (Space Telescope Science Institute) What do echoes, bubbles, and fireworks have to do with astrophysics? What do highway traffic jams and galaxy spiral arms have in common? Some...
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7 Jul 2020
Lectures 'Oumuamua: A Mysterious Interstellar Interloper
Speaker: Amaya Moro-Martin (Space Telescope Science Institute) During the formation of our solar system, a tremendous number of asteroids, comets, and planetesimals were ejected into interstellar...
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3 Jun 2020
Lectures Rubin's Galaxy: A ‘Gentle Giant’ Spiral Galaxy
Speaker: Dr. Benne Holwerda (University of Louisville) One of the largest spiral galaxies in the known local universe, UGC 2885, was recently nicknamed Rubin’s Galaxy in honor of Dr. Vera Rubin,...
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3 Mar 2020
Lectures Exoplanets: A Search for New Worlds
Speaker: Nestor Espinoza (Space Telescope Science Institute) Is the Solar System we call home special? Three decades of advances in astronomy have revealed that our home planet is only one small dot in...
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4 Feb 2020
Lectures The Crab Nebula and Things that Go Kaboom in the Night
Speaker: Frank Summers (Space Telescope Science Institute) Massive stars do not go gentle into that good night. They rage against the dying of the light in titanic supernova explosions. These stars, more...
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14 Jan 2020
Lectures Cloudy with a Chance of Stars
Speaker: Nimisha Kumari (Space Telescope Science Institute) How do stars form? This simple question has intrigued humankind for centuries, and is one of the most explored topics of contemporary astrophysics....
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3 Dec 2019
Lectures Red and Brown Dwarfs: Understanding our Smallest and Closest (sub)Stellar Neighbors
Speaker: Serge Dieterich (Space Telescope Science Institute) The majority of stars in our galaxy are smaller than our sun and some have diameters as small as Saturn’s. Many small red dwarfs are...
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5 Nov 2019
Lectures Unveiling the Cosmos: Key Inventions Behind the Modern Telescope
Speaker: Sarah Kendrew (European Space Agency/STScI) The astronomical telescope is a relatively recent invention in the ancient science of stargazing. Over the past 400 years, generation after generation...
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1 Oct 2019
Lectures Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Speaker: Emanuele Berti (Johns Hopkins University) Black holes hold the key to some of the pressing mysteries in modern science. Whether in isolation or in binary systems, they are excellent laboratories...
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3 Sep 2019
Lectures The Astronomer's Toolkit
Speaker: Brandon Lawton (Space Telescope Science Institute) For thousands of years, astronomers have employed increasingly precise angular measures to track the positions of stars in the night sky. The...
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