Kentucky Academy of Science - Event Information


Event Name:October Sky Talk at UK
Event Type(s):Kentucky science event
Description:SS433: A Cosmic Sprinkler
 
Astronomers Stephenson and Sanduleak created a catalog of stars with unusual optical properties. The 433rd entry became famous when radio telescopes revealed that the star was set within a cloud of expanding gas. Were they related, or was it a chance alignment?
 
 Deeper, and more frequent, observations with the highest resolutions available to radio astronomers, revealed a close binary system in which a black hole is siphoning gas from another star. The result is less a sprinkler than a blowtorch drilling into its surroundings. SS 433 is one of the possible outcomes of an exploding star. The story continues next month with
 
Supernovae: Discovery, Death, and Explosions
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The University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome the public to our astronomical observatory. Part of our program of public outreach is a presentation on an interesting topic in astronomy followed by a visit to the observatory.  The Kentucky SkyTalk is held on the second Thursday of each month.  A 50 minute program on astronomy will begin at 7:00 PM in Room 155 of the Chemistry-Physics Building. After the presentation, you are invited to view the sky through our 20-inch telescope, weather permitting. (Note that the starting time changes in the spring and fall.)
Free parking is available on the top floor of parking structure #2, (see special note at top), next to the observatory. With the exception of paid parking, without a valid parking permit, leaving your vehicle somewhere other than the parking structure at the observatory will result in a parking citation.
 
All are welcome and there is no charge. Tell your neighbors. Bring your kids.
 
Weather Caveat: If the university closes for a weather emergency, the SkyTalk will be postponed and the observatory will not be open.
 

 
Event Date:10/11/2018
Event Time:7pm
Location:UK Chemistry-Physics Building Room 155
Lexington, KY

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Contact Person:Tim Knauer
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