AstroBreaks are free planetarium shows from 12:15-12:45 pm on select Wednesdays. All are welcome!

Each program includes a description of the night sky and some of its treasures, along with an exploration of a special astronomical topic. Past AstroBreaks can be found here.

Summer 2017

May 10: Citizen Science (II)
We live in an era where the experiments we run allow us to collect more data than anyone could ever hope to study by themselves in their own lifetime. We need all of the help that we can get – so would you like to don the lab-coat and become a scientist yourself? Many projects, including Einstein@home or the Zooniverse projects allow you to help out in the collective pursuit of knowledge, from hunting for gravitational waves, to listening for extraterrestrial life, to studies in biology, history, medicine, language, and more! And all from your own personal computer. So come join us to learn more about what some of these projects are, how they work, and what you can do to be a part of them!

June 7: Cosmic Jets
Speaker: Phil Chang
Find out what we know about fast jets and their interactions on small and large scales.

July 12: Summer Constellations
Speaker: Jean Creighton
Get ready for relaxed summer evenings: find some favorites such as the Big Dipper and discover Hercules and the Summer Triangle.

July 26: Astronomy from the Outback: The Murchison Widefield Array
Speaker: David Kaplan
I will describe the design, construction, and operation of the Murchison Widefield Array – a new radio telescope located in the middle of nowhere in Western Australia, far from any radio transmitters. Over the last 4 years the MWA has observed everything from our Earth’s atmosphere to galaxies billions of lightyears away, and I will talk about what we have learned and how we are working to design the next generation telescope.

August 23: Gravity in the Eyes of Prof. Einstein: A Strange Theory that Actually Works!
Speaker: Shasvath Kapadia
NOTE: This Astrobreak will run from 12:15 – 1:00 pm
In 1915, Albert Einstein presented a theory of gravity that was so bizarre, it almost bordered on science-fiction. And yet, it’s unprecedented success in unravelling some of Nature’s most baffling mysteries has compelled the world to embrace it. Come join us as we try to build an intuitive picture of what this theory is all about, and get a sense of its power by briefly exploring a few of its most spectacular predictions – including black-holes, gravitational waves, and the expanding Universe.