2013 Observatory Night Video Archive

The following video presentation can be viewed with Realplayer.

image December 19, 2013 "Author's Night" David A. Aguilar Join us for an Author's Night and book signing with CfA Public Affairs director and author/illustrator David A. Aguilar, featuring two of his new National Geographic kid's books "Space Encyclopedia" and "ALIEN WORLDS".
image November 21, 2013 "We Are Not Alone" Courtney Dressing Red-dwarf stars are the most common stars in the universe. Researcher Courtney Dressing will present findings that these most-numerous of stars also harbor plenty of planets.
image October 17, 2013 "After Kepler," Dimitar Sasselov, David Latham, and Soren Meibom The Kepler spacecraft was launched in 2009 to find the first Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. Tonight, we present a summary of the spacecraft's mission and highlights of its surprising discoveries.
image September 19, 2013 "10 Great Discoveries," David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy magazine Forty years ago, the brainchild of journalism student Steve Walther, the first issue of Astronomy magazine, appeared on newsstands. He vowed it would be the most beautiful astronomy magazine in the world.
image May 16, 2013 "Black Hole Chaos," Belinda Wilkes and Francesca Civano, CfA Giant black holes at the centers of galaxies are the most powerful engines in the universe. In active galaxies they blast out jets of material at near-light-speed.
image April 18, 2013 "Nature's Telescopes," Matthew Bayliss, CfA Clusters of galaxies form the largest lenses in the universe. Their gravity bends light from more distant objects, allowing us to see those background galaxies in high definition.
image March 21, 2013 "Dark Cloud Encounters," Katherine Wyman, CfA Cold, thick clouds of interstellar gas and dust slink throughout our galaxy. They can condense to form stars and planetary systems. But they can also silence life on planets by swallowing solar systems whole.
image February 21, 2013 "Gas Giant Mysteries," Rebekah Dawson, CfA Tonight Jupiter will rise in our sky as it has for millennia. We would never guess that its current orderly motion underwent an upheaval in the young solar system.
image January 17, 2013 "Explosive Universe," Edo Berger, CfA A gamma-ray burst represents Nature's biggest explosion since the Big Bang. First spotted by satellites hunting for Earthly nuclear blasts, gamma-ray bursts pump out more energy than our Sun will in its entire life.

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