2010 Observatory Night Video Archive

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image November 18, 2010 "Our Cosmic Relatives: The Oldest Stars in the Universe," Anna Frebel, CfA There are stars in our own Milky Way galaxy that are almost as old as the Universe itself, which is nearly 14 billion years.
image October 21, 2010 "How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?" Avi Loeb, CfA After the Big Bang, the Universe remained a dark void for millions of years. The cosmic Dark Ages ended when the first stars and galaxies lit the skies.
image October 7, 2010 "Fall Sky Viewing," David Aguilar, CfA Fall is one of the best times to view the changing skies. The familiar summer constellations like Cygnus the Swan and Scorpius give way to the arrival of Andromeda, Taurus the Bull and Orion the Hunter.
image September 16, 2010 "Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for our Future," Jeffrey Bennett Is there really life beyond Earth? Astronomer and author Jeffrey Bennett explains why this question has become a hot topic of scientific research.
image August 19, 2010 "Is Anybody Out There? The Search for ET with Help from Eight Million Volunteers," Dr. Daniel Werthimer, UC Berkeley Dan Werthimer discussed the possibility of life in the universe, the search for radio and optical signals from other civilizations, and public participation science.
image May 20, 2010 "Viewing the Universe with Infrared Eyes: The Spitzer Space Telescope," Giovanni Fazio, CfA Newborn stars, distant young galaxies, and planets around other stars all hold mysteries that can only be revealed by moving beyond what's visible to the human eye.
image April 15, 2010 "Mapping the Nearby Universe," John Huchra, CfA What does the nearby Universe look like? What is our place in Space? Two decades ago, the CfA redshift survey plotted 18,000 galaxies in three dimensions, and found a foamy structure with walls of galaxies wrapped around huge voids.
image March 18, 2010 "Searching for Planets with Kepler," Andrea Dupree, CfA For centuries, philosophers, poets, and scientists alike have dreamed aboutplanets similar to Earth circling other stars like our Sun.
image February 18, 2010 "Putting the Pedal to the Metal: The Mystery of the Accelerating Universe," Robert Kirshner, CfA Perhaps once a century, scientists make a discovery so dramatic that it rewrites our understanding of the physical universe.
image January 21, 2010 "Lighting Our Way through the Universe: The Birth of Type Ia Supernovae," Rosanne Di Stefano, CfA Astronomers study exploding stars called Type Ia supernovae to explore the distant reaches of space and time. Type Ia supernovae have helped us to discover dark energy and to trace the expansion history of the universe.


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