Archive of Public Talks
For those of you who couldn’t make it, we’ve started recording somem of the Astronomy-related Public Talks organized by us and by other UofT organizations.
If you can’t see the Flash slideshow below, please go to this Video Channel.
On the evening of the first Thursday of each month in downtown Toronto, we give you an hour with a young researcher, followed by planetarium shows and free observing through our telescopes.
This activity is run entirely by volunteers among the graduate students in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
Check their webpage, or get the three-part run-down below.
Because the speakers themselves are often students, they still remember how hard it is to get your head around these concepts the first time: everyone is encouraged to attend!
They will be your guides, pointing the telescopes in the right direction for you, and explaining why the objects you see are the way they are.
But remember: one thing our crew cannot control is the weather. And because optical telescopes don′t let you to see through the clouds, you should check the weather forecast, both for visibility of the sky and for temperature: the telescope domes are open — not heated or conditioned.
This gear allows Mike Williams — and the crew of Teaching Assistants he has trained — to fly students, visitors and schoolchildren (25 of them at a time) through the Universe.
Along the way, the audience gets an idea of how the Universe all works and fits together.
The software and joystick make for an interactive experience, as the show can be modified on the fly.
Over 2,000 people have already been through the experience, and so can you, if you book a free seat for a show during the next Public Tour!