Armchair Astrophysics: Finding Physics Far and Wide

Tue 4 Aug 2020

Online Attendance Only


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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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 of your everyday experiences can be explained using some basic physics concepts and some of our cosmic observations have analogues in what we see around us. The laws of physics are universal, so astronomers apply our understanding of physics here on Earth to everything in the universe.

Join Dr. Quyen Hart of the Space Telescope Science Institute for “Armchair Astrophysics: Finding Physics Far and Wide” on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, to explore the physics of familiar phenomena and learn where the same physics are working “out there” in the cosmos. Armchairs are not required, but highly recommended.   

Recorded live on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.


The STScI Public Lecture Series offers talks on a diverse selection of cosmic topics, typically held the first Tuesday of every month. The 2020 Public Lecture Series is implementing an online-only format. This lecture will be presented with a livestream to YouTube, and questions can be asked in the YouTube chat. As usual, the recording will also be posted on our YouTube channel. We will, as necessary, adjust from the traditional first Tuesday at 8 PM schedule to accommodate our speakers. 

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