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The Department of Physics & Astronomy Presents

 

Measuring the Size and Age of the Universe

2012 Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 7pm
Speaker: Kris Stanek (Ohio State)
Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium, Univ. Louisville




"The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons." Edwin
Powell Hubble (1889 - 1953)

Starting with a surprisingly accurate measurement of the size of the
Earth by ancient Greeks, I will discuss how we gradually came to
appreciate the vast size of the Universe, and where our Solar System
fits in the cosmic history. I will then briefly discuss the future
evolution of the Solar System and the Universe.

Dr. Krzysztof (Kris) Stanek received his undergraduate degree in
astronomy from Warsaw University, Poland, followed by a Ph.D. in
astrophysics from Princeton University. He was then awarded the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship,
followed by NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship and a faculty position
at Harvard University. Currently a professor of astronomy at the
Ohio State University, Kris studies supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, very
massive stars and the size and age of the Universe.

We will record the lecture for our talk archive.

The Physics & Astronomy Department’s Bullitt Lecture is a free lecture aimed at the general
public. Since 2001, the Physics & Astronomy Department’s Bullitt Lecture has presented a
distinguished astrophysicist to a Louisville audience in the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch
Planetarium. Gale Christianson, Hubble's biographer at Indiana State, Fred Espinak, an
eclipse expert at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, stellar astrophysicists
James Kaler of U. Illinois, C. R. O'Dell of Vanderbilt and Caty Pilachowski of Indiana U,
cosmologists Fang Li Zhi of Arizona, J. Richard Gott of Princeton, Alan
Dressler of the Carnegie Observatories, lunar experts Ferenc Pavlics of GM and the Apollo
project and Phillip Abel of NASA, Donald York and Linda Spilker have been Bullitt Lecturers.
distinguished astrophysicist to a Louisville audience in the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch
Planetarium. Gale Christianson, Hubble's biographer at Indiana State, Fred Espinak, an
eclipse expert at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, stellar astrophysicists
James Kaler of U. Illinois, C. R. O'Dell of Vanderbilt and Caty Pilachowski of Indiana U,
cosmologists Fang Li Zhi of Arizona, J. Richard Gott of Princeton, Alan
Dressler of the Carnegie Observatories, lunar experts Ferenc Pavlics of GM and the Apollo
project and Phillip Abel of NASA, Donald York and Linda Spilker have been Bullitt Lecturers.

College and high school students, teachers, and many others from the community interested in
the impact and excitement that astrophysics has generated have attended Bullitt Lectures in
large numbers. The public and members of the University community are warmly invited!

The Lecture is endowed through a grant from the family of William Marshall Bullitt, the
Solicitor General of the United States under President William Howard Taft. Here is
a brief biography and description of his connection to the University of Louisville.

Several of the Bullitt lectures are available in streaming (.asx) format in the
UL astronomy talk archive.
Posters for all of the current and previous Bullitt Lectures are available:
2001 Gale Christianson, "Edwin Hubble: An Astronomer's Life"
2002 Fred Espinak, "Solar Eclipses and Mysteries of the Sun"
2003 James Kaler, "The Life and Death of Stars"
2004 Fang Li Zhi, "Dark Energy in the Universe"
2005 J. Richard Gott, "A Map of the Universe"
2006 Alan Dressler, "Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life: the Birth of the Modern Universe"
Dr. Dressler was interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on April 20, 2006 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview.
2007 C.R. O'Dell, "Creating the Hubble Space Telescope"
2008 Caty Pilachowski, "The Star Cities of the Milky Way"flier
Dr. Pilachowski was interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on October 29, 2008 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview.
2009 Ferenc Pavlics and Phillip Abel, "40 Years: Lunar Exploration" flier
Mr. Pavlics and Dr. Abel were interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on October 8, 2009 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview.
2010 Donald York, "The History of the Telescope and Its Relation to Culture"
2011 Linda Spilker, "Cassini-Huygens explores the Saturn System: Recent Discoveries and Science Highlights"

Links to other Bullitt Lectures and Bullitt book collections:
Bullitt Lecture in Mathematics
Bullitt Lecture in Fine Arts
William Marshall Bullitt Collection of Rare Mathematics and Astronomy Books
More on the Bullitt Collection of Books at UofL

 

 

 

 

 

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