Graduate Speaker Series: Astronomy

When: September 19, 5:30-7 pm
Where: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street


Prepare yourself for some star-gazing as grad students explore the September theme: Astronomy.


Jielai Zhang, PhD candidate (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics)
Discovering the unknown unknowns: Milky Way’s Dark Twin”

What happens when you can suddenly see parts of the Universe you could never see before? You are bound to learn new things. The Dragonfly Telephoto Array is a novel telescope hidden in high altitude regions of New Mexico, USA. It has been observing the faintest, never seen before parts of the Universe for the last 5 years. In this talk, you will learn about the new discoveries made by this telescope, including Milky Way’s dark twin.

Ryan Cloutier, PhD candidate (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics)
“The Long Path Towards Finding Habitable Exo-Worlds”

Although we are still decades away from discovering life on worlds outside of our own solar system, much progress is being made today to identify the best potential candidates for hosting such life. In this talk I will discuss what we currently know about so-called exoplanets and how we know it. I will then highlight the steps that will be taken in the not-so-distant future to further our understanding of exoplanetary atmospheres and potentially even their surface conditions using extreme telescopes in hope that one day these efforts will culminate with the probable detection of Earth-like life elsewhere in the galaxy.

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