Kavli Lecture: The Cosmos in a Heartbeat

November 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Casper Planetarium
904 North Poplar
Kavli Lecture:  The Cosmos in a Heartbeat @ Casper Planetarium

Kavli Lectures bring world-class scientists into local planetariums like ours.  The actual event takes place in Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and is live-streamed onto our dome so you’ll experience it almost as if you were there.  You can even participate in a Q & A session via text.   Distinguished speakers and dazzling graphics bring the latest advances in science to life — and at the Casper Planetarium, admission for this Kavli Lecture is free.

Join us from 11 am to noon for a presentation by Dr.  Shane Larson, research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is the Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics).

“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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