CANCELED - Special Presentation: Dr. Matt Mountain

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    LPL KUIPER 308



    Open to campus and public.


    Speaker: Dr. Matt Mountain 

    Title: FROM GALILEO TO THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE AND BEYOND: A Story of a Remarkable Optical Instrument, the Telescope and how Future Advances in Optical Sciences will make it Possible “to Put a Dent in the Universe.”

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    A revolution was started four-hundred years ago when Galileo lifted a small telescope to the night sky for the very first time in human history. From that moment, there was no turning back, our view of the Cosmos and our place in this vast Universe was irreversibly changed. This talk will take a “whistle stop tour” of the Universe we see today thorough the Hubble Space Telescope and show how this led to the audacious James Webb Space Telescope, the largest telescope planned (so far) to fly in space. However, the most transformative moment in human history still lies before us. As we push the limits of science and optical engineering into new frontiers, we can make an observation only a telescope can undertake across the chasm of interstellar space – are we alone, or is there life out there amongst the stars? The human race will be irreversibly changed once again because of advances in optical instrumentation. To plagiarize Steve Jobs.
    Speaker Bio(s): 
    Matt Mountain - President, Association for Universities for Research in Astronomy, Telescope Scientist, the James Webb Space Telescope.
    Dr. Matt Mountain is the current President of The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) – which builds and operates telescopes and observatories for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA. Previously, he was Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute and prior to that led the construction of and directed Gemini Observatory. Matt is also the Telescope Scientist for JWST, and Chair of ESO’s ELT Management Advisory Committee. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.

    Refreshments @  2:30pm

    Lecture @ 3:00pm - 4:00pm