A Universe of Data: How we get Science out of Space Telescopes

Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

February 23, 2013 | 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Discovery Station
  • 5:15-6:45 pm Lecture and Q&A
  • 6:30-8:30 pm Observatory Open

This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. New telescopes on Earth and in space and a new, more collaborative way of studying science using public data archives and software packages have made these discoveries possible. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Images from the Chandra Space Telescope will help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

This is the rescheduled lecture from the December 1, 2012 cancellation.

Smithsonian's Stars lectures are suitable for ages 13 and up.

The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.