Shane Larson Wants You to Think Big … Really Big

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Shane LarsonThe age and vastness of space can be hard to comprehend, but Dr. Shane Larson believes you can wrap your head around it.  Dr. Larson is the presenter for the next Kavli Lecture, “The Cosmos in a Heartbeat,” which will be presented free of charge Saturday, November 10th, at 11 a.m. at the Casper Planetarium.

Kavli Lectures pair leading scientists with world-class graphics to make advanced concepts understandable.  The lectures are presented at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and live-streamed into the domes of partner planetariums around the world.  You’ll hear and see the program just as if you were there, and can even participate in a Q & A session after the talk via text message.

The Cosmos in a Heartbeat:  A human lifetime is more than a hundred billion times shorter than the current age of the Universe. Whether you are a professional astronomer, or a casual backyard stargazer, you have only a few decades to drink it all in—to wonder how it works and how you got here.

The cosmos is full of strange happenings that we sometimes are lucky enough to witness because we happened to be paying attention to the stories the Universe is telling us. These tales are carried on bursts of light, showers of subatomic particles, and the faint whisperings of gravity, and every day that passes, we’re getting better at deciphering them.

In our lifetimes, we will only ever have a glimpse of the cosmos. But that glimpse is enough to transform our perceptions in dramatic ways and to answer the oldest questions we have about what the Universe is doing all around us.

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