Perseids Party and Astronomy lecture

School of Optometry and Vision Science - Room 347
Monday, Aug 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM EDT 
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Event Details

**While the lecture portion is "officially" sold out, I would encourage anyone interested to still come for 7:30 at OPT 347, as there is a good likelihood that we will be able to fit you in.**

Explore the night sky with astronomers from the Faculty of Science and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The Perseids meteor shower will be at its most spectacular, so let's gather to learn something and then enjoy the view!

We will meet first in the nearby Optometry building for a short lecture by the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Prof. Mike Hudson on "Cosmic Mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses".  
Most of the matter in the Universe is dark matter: an elusive particle that is completely invisible. But we can “see” this matter by studying how it distorts the light from galaxies in the distant Universe, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. I will give a whirlwind tour of gravitational lensing’s “greatest hits” showing how it can be used as a tool to understand some of the most mysterious things in the Universe: from black holes to the “cosmic web” of dark matter that links galaxies together.

We'll move to the Columbia Fields for stargazing after the lecture, around sunset.This is a family-friendly event, but if your kids will have trouble sitting through a lecture, you're welcome to join us on the Columbia Fields near Brubacher House around 8:30pm (choose the ticket "Perseids Party only").

Please note that if the skies are cloudy the lecture will still take place on August 12th, but we will not gather on the fields for stargazing. Please register so that we can keep you updated.





Mike Hudson
University of Waterloo, Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics
Professor of Astrophysics and Cosmology


School of Optometry and Vision Science - Room 347
200 Columbia Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 CA


Lecture & Perseids Party
Perseids Party only

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