May AstroTour – Simulating the Universe
May 3rd, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: George Stein
Location:MP103, McLennan Physical Laboratories (60 St. George Street)
The life of a single galaxy is an extremely complicated affair, and understanding the origin and evolution of the roughly 100 billion galaxies in our universe is even more so. But, through heroic telescope surveys and state-of-the art computer simulations cosmologists have been progressing on this problem at an ever increasing rate. In this talk I will discuss current efforts to create realistic galaxies using some of the largest super computers on the planet, and will show what these simulations mean for future observations. Along the way I will discuss the key telescopes that have allowed us to observe 500 million of these galaxies already and the ambitious future projects that will observe billions more, all to unravel the mysteries of our cosmos.
About the Speaker
The U of T Astronomy Public Tour, or AstroTour, is a monthly event operated by the graduate students of the U of T Astronomy Department. The Tour features a public lecture by a member of the Department on topics ranging from their research to great moments in astronomical history. Following the lecture, tour-goers can peer at the night sky through the Department’s balcony and dome telescopes, or watch a planetarium show run live by astronomer. Admission to the tour is free. Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis (doors open ten minutes before the start of the lecture), and the telescope observing is walk-in. The planetarium shows require registration, found at the top of this page.
The AstroTours are generously financed by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.