Exploring the Universe from Near to Far with the Chandra X-ray Observatory
Dr. Michael Nowak 2:30 - 3:00pm in 37-252
In the summer of 1999, NASA launched the third of its great observatories -- the Chandra X-ray telescope. Like the Hubble Space telescope which preceded it, Chandra is designed to have an unprecedented ability to create images and spectra of astrophysical objects, except working with high energy X-rays instead of optical light. This means that Chandra views some of the universe's most exotic and energetic phenomena: supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, jets traveling at nearly the speed of light emanating from near the center of clusters of galaxies. In this talk, we'll take a tour of the discoveries made by the Chandra X-ray telescope, starting with studies of our own solar system, moving outward to nearby stars, to the center of our own Galaxy where a black hole 40 millions times the mass of our Sun lurks, to distant clusters of Galaxies where the most massive black holes, billions of times the mass of our Sun, reside.
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up. Space is limited for the Chandra Operations Control Center tour, and priority will be given to those who attend this talk. The tour will depart immediately following this talk, and involve a short walk.
Tour of the Operations Control Center for the Chandra Space Telescope, One of NASA's Great Observatories
Dr. Norbert Schulz 3:00 - 4:15pm departing from 37-252
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope, allowing scientists to study the origin, structure and evolution of our universe in greater detail than ever before. The spacecraft and science instruments are controlled from the Operations Control Center (OCC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will take our visitors on a tour of the OCC and show where scientists and engineers direct the flight and execute the observing plan of Chandra, and where they receive the scientific data from the observatory. during the tour the visitors will learn about the basics of X-ray astronomy and about the latest, exciting discoveries made by MIT scientists with data acquired with Chandra.
Please note: Advance sign-up *by e-mail* required for tour. Contact Debbie Meinbresse (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11:59pm on 1/22/2015 with attendees' names and citizenship information. Tour is limited to a maximum of 20 people. Priority will be given to those who attend Dr. Nowak's talk. The tour will depart immediately following this talk, and involve a short walk.