RASC DDO: Astronomy Speaker's Night

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 21:00 to 22:30 EDT

Astronomy Speaker's Night

RASC Toronto & David Dunlap Observatory

Speaker Name: Dr. Jess McIver
Talk title: What Can We Learn from Gravitational Waves?
Date and time: Saturday, June 11, 9:00 - 10:30 PM EDT, online
Description: Join us, from the comfort of your home! This program will feature live-stream views from the DDO's 74-Inch telescope (Weather permitting). Explore breaking news from space and current research into what lies beyond our home planet! Each night, we’ll take a virtual tour of the DDO, hear from our speakers about their own amazing space research, and ask them all our questions about what they know and what they’re discovering. Only one registration per household is required. Deadline to register for this program is Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 4pm. Prior to the start of the program you will be emailed information on the virtual program links and any specific information relating to your program.

Abstract: Gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime, allow us to sense systems we can't usually see with telescopes, including distant black hole collisions and the interior of nearby exploding stars. Where do these gravitational waves come from? How do we measure them? What can they teach us about the Universe that we can't learn with light alone?

Speaker bio: Dr. Jess McIver is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Research Chair in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. She leads the UBC gravitational-wave astrophysics group, the UBC LIGO group, and the UBC-TRIUMF LISA group. She specializes in characterization of the Advanced LIGO detectors and astrophysical gravitational-wave data analysis.