October AstroTour – 90 degrees South: Astronomy at the End of the World

October 4th, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Matt Young
Location: Room 102, McLennan Physical Laboratories (60 St. George Street)

Planetarium tickets will be handed out at 7:45PM outside of the lecture room on a first-come first-served basis. Any remaining planetarium tickets will be available after the talk.



Image Credit: Matt Young

The South Pole, one of Earth’s most isolated outposts, is alive with Science.  Here you can find the 10-metre South Pole Telescope (SPT), tasked with observing some of the oldest light in our universe; light emitted just after the Big Bang.  In 2016, a next-generation microwave camera, SPT-3G, was installed onto the telescope.  This camera allows astronomers to map out the Cosmic Microwave Background in more detail than ever before, providing new information on clusters of galaxies, cosmic inflation, and particle physics.  Join me as I go through the science and design behind the brand new SPT-3G camera, and take you along on my 2-month expedition down to the South Pole in 2017 to perform vital upgrades.


About the Speaker

I’m a 4th year PhD candidate at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Toronto, where I spend most of my time working on the next-generation camera upgrade for the South Pole Telescope, SPT-3G.  Originally from Perth in Western Australia, I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky and the incredible equipment we use to peer out into the Universe.  When I’m not tinkering away in the lab, I like to escape from the city for some hiking in the great Canadian outdoors. 

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 tickets, which will be available at the event on a first-come first-served basis.

The AstroTours are generously financed by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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