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Astronomy on Tap

Jun 6, 2018

Mission Gravity: What Newton never knew.
Roger Freedman (UCSB)

Dark Forces that Shape the Universe
Julio Navarro (University of Victoria)

Gabriela Gonzlez Image

Public Talk

May 23, 2018

Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes, and Other Matters

Gabriela González (Louisiana State University)


Astronomy on Tap

May 2, 2018

The Universe in Infrared Light
Rebecca Larson (UT Austin)

Astronomy, What is it good for?
Iair ("ya-eer") Arcavi (LCO/UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Apr 4, 2018

Astronomy - It's not just for Tesla drivers
Chuck McPartlin (SBAU)

The Sky is Alive with the Sound of Music
Greg Salvesen (UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Mar 7, 2018

How to Take a Picture of an Extra-solar World.
Isabel Lipartito (UCSB)

From Sputnik to Tesla: The Things We Launch into Space
Monica Turner (LCO)


Public Talk

Feb 21, 2018

The Search for Inhabited Worlds

Debra Fischer (Yale University)


Astronomy on Tap

Feb 7, 2018

A Saturnian Farewell: Thirteen Years of Cassini
Joey Chatelain (LCO)

How Fast Can You Grow a Supermassive Black Hole?
Fred Davies (UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Dec 6, 2017

Gravitational Waves from Merging Neutron Stars
Duncan Brown (Syracuse University)

A Kilanova from Merging Neutron Stars
Andy Howell (LCO/UCSB)


Public Talk

Nov 16, 2017

The Exploration of Pluto by New Horizons

Alan Stern (NASA)


Public Talk

Nov 6, 2017

Turning Stars Into Gold

Iair Arcavi (Las Cumbres Observatory)


Public Talk

Aug 9, 2017

The Spinning Sun, The Twirling Stars

Tim Brown (Las Cumbres Observatory)


Astronomy on Tap

Jul 12, 2017

Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe
Jeff Silverman (Samba TV)

The Science of Star Trek
Rachael Livermore (UT Austin)


Astronomy on Tap

Jun 14, 2017

A Brief History of LCO: What it Takes to Run a Worldwide Observatory
Brian Haworth and Eric Saunders (LCO)

Hunting for Dark Matter: The Underground Search for the Missing Universe
Sally Shaw (UCSB)


Public Talk

May 17, 2017

Asteroids and Comets: Keeping an Eye on Things that Go Bump in the Night

Amy Mainzer (NASA)


Astronomy on Tap

May 10, 2017

Giant Rocks from Space: Threats or Treasures?
Tim Lister (LCO)

How to Fight an Undead Army of Galaxies
Kevin Bundy (UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Apr 5, 2017

Did Double Stars End the Cosmic Dark Ages?
Ylva Gotberg (University of Amsterdam)

The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Andy Howell (LCO/UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Mar 1, 2017

Astounding facts about the Universe and how we observe it.
Curtis McCully, Sara Greenstreet, Rachel Street, Charlotte Mason, Todd Boroson, Nikolas Volgenau, Etienne Bachelet, Griffin Hosseinzadeh, Tim Lister, Greg Salvesen and Iair ("ya-eer") Arcavi (LCO/UCSB)

Lars Bildsten, President, Board of Directors

Public Talk

Feb 22, 2017

Hearing the Stars: New Insights into Stellar Interiors

Lars Bildsten (UCSB)


Astronomy on Tap

Jan 18, 2017

Cosmic Fog: Strange Clouds Around Our Galaxy
Mike McCourt (UCSB)

Black Holes: Nature's Beer Goggles
Greg Salvesen (UCSB)


Public Talk

Dec 12, 2016

The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Tabetha Boyajian (Louisiana State University)


Astronomy on Tap

Nov 16, 2016

The Outer Solar System: Pluto and Friends
Sarah Greenstreet (LCO/UCSB)

Classical Novae: Inside Out Stars Evolving in Reverse
Bill Wolf (UCSB)


Public Talk

Oct 19, 2016

Einstein's Blunder Undone: Exploding stars, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe

Robert Kirshner (Harvard University)


Astronomy on Tap

Oct 5, 2016

Dwarf Novae: The Hiccups of Vampire Stars
Matt Coleman (UCSB)

Project Starshot and DEEP-IN: Humanity's First Interstellar Missions
Phil Lubin (UCSB)


Public Talk

Sep 21, 2016

Planetary Defense from Asteroids - Coming Soon to a Planet Near You

Edward Lu (Liquid Robotics)


Astronomy on Tap

Sep 7, 2016

Bending Light to Find New Worlds
Rachel Street (LCO)

Explosions in Space! How to Catch a Supernova
Griffin Hosseinzadeh (LCO/UCSB)