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Harvard Observatory Night

Hosted by a member of the Boston Professional Networking Group
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Took place 3 days ago
Thu 18 Apr 19:00 - 21:30

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A different twist to our "norm," let's network while looking into the night sky above. Join us for use of Harvard's rooftop telescopes to peer into the stars (guided by astronomers), preceded by a Harvard lecture on the Chandra X-Ray Observatory (1 hour lecture). ALL FREE- NO CHARGE! Lecture starts at 7:30, and space is limited (first come first served, and we can't hold spots), so arrive early! The queue can get long.

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is celebrating its 20th year of operation in Protected content . Chandra, operated for NASA by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the CfA, continues to be an indispensable tool for expanding the frontiers of our knowledge in space. No other observatory has Chandra’s capability for high-resolution X-ray imaging of cosmic sources on a sub-arcsecond scale, a critical feature for multi-wavelength investigations ranging across astrophysics, from planetary atmospheres to clusters of galaxies. From the discovery of an X-ray jet in its first targeted source, Chandra continues to make discoveries that impact the full range of astrophysics.

Dr. Belinda Wilkes will present a tour of Chandra and some of its exciting discoveries, from launch on the shuttle Columbia commanded by Eileen Collins, the first female commander, to current work such as Chandra’s first X-ray detection of GW Protected content , the merging neutron stars detected in gravitational waves by LIGO.