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Astronomy Talks

3D rendering of telescope in a starry sky.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

5 Days. 5 Experts. Free to the Public.

Sunday, August 16 – Thursday, August 20, 7-8:30 pm

Bremerton SEEfilm Theater (map)

Free to the Public (100 seats)

Schedule of Talks 

August 16: LSST in the Solar System
Finding Icy Worlds Beyond Neptune, Never-Before-Seen Comets, and Killer Asteroids
Dr. Lynne Jones, University of Washington

August 17: LSST and the Milky Way
Mapping the Milky Way, Our Cosmic Backyard
Dr. Beth Willman, LSST / University of Arizona

August 18: Astronomia de LSST (en español)
Mapas celestes desde el Sur del mundo
Dr. Knut Olsen, NOAO

August 19: LSST and Cosmology
Measuring and Modeling the Universe's Dark Stuff
Dr. Jim Bosch, Princeton University

August 20: LSST in the Time Domain
Explosions in the Sky! Observing our Changeable Universe with LSST
Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Adler Planetarium

Sponsored by Olympic College and its Foundation along with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
These talks will be recorded for the LSST website and Bremerton BKAT Cable Access Television


Interview with the coordinator of the Astronomy Talks and physics professor, Bob Abel, by Bremerton BKAT Cable Access Television: https://vimeo.com/131582848


Astronomy Slam

Tuesday, August 18
7-8:30 p.m.

Free to the Public
Five 12-minute stories by world renowned astronomers at each of the following locations:

Bremerton Bar & Grill
190 Pacific Ave.

Collective Visions Gallery
331 Pacific Ave.

Kitsap Historical Society & Museum
280 4th St.

Pacific Planetarium
817 Pacific Ave.

The Toro Lounge
315 Pacific Ave.

Sponsored by Olympic College and its Foundation along with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Speaker Bios

Dr. Lynne Jones, University of Washington
Dr. Lynne Jones studies some of the most distant objects in our Solar System, the TransNeptunian Objects (TNOs), using many different telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope where she helped discover some of the faintest TNOs known to date. As a research scientist at the University of Washington, most of her time is now spent understanding how the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) can best reach its wide range of science goals -- including discovering small planetesimals throughout the Solar System.
Dr. Beth Willman, LSST / University of Arizona 
Dr. Beth Willman is an observational astronomer.  Her research focuses on our own Milky Way galaxy and the (nearly) invisible galaxies orbiting around it, including one named after her.  After seven years of also teaching and leading public outreach at Haverford College, Dr. Willman has recently moved to Tucson to take on the role of Deputy Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
Dr. Knut Olsen, NOAO
El Dr. Knut Olsen es un astrónomo que trabaja en el Observatorio Nacional de los EE.UU. en Tucson, Arizona. Nació en Noruega y creció en los EE.UU., donde se inspiró para estudiar astronomía al ver un telescopio en una tienda de juguetes. En 1998, se trasladó a la ciudad de La Serena, Chile, para trabajar en el Observatorio Interamericano Cerro Tololo. En los ocho años que vivió allí, se enamoró de la gente, la cultura y los cielos de Chile, y vio las fascinantes Nubes de Magallanes con sus propios ojos por primera vez.
Dr. Jim Bosch, Princeton University
Jim Bosch is an observational cosmologist whose research focuses on image processing algorithms for gravitational lensing, a technique that lets us "see" dark matter by measuring tiny distortions in the images of distant galaxies.  He works at Princeton University as a scientist and programmer for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s (LSST's) pipeline software team.
Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Adler Planetarium
Lucianne Walkowicz is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. She studies stellar magnetic activity and how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life. She is also an artist and works in a variety of media, from oil paint to sound. Walkowicz holds a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a M.S. and Ph. D. from University of Washington.