Past Events

  • Women in Physics Public Lecture: "The Most Magnificent Map Ever Made"

    Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

    Beth Willman, University of Arizona

    For all of history, humans have observed the Milky Way galaxy by eye as a structure encircling our night sky. However, only within the last 100 years have humans learned that the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the Universe. Within the last two decades, we have learned that the Sun is one of hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that the Milky Way is one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe, and that galaxies exist that are only one ten millionth as luminous as the Milky Way.

  • WIP: "A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves"

    Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Jill Tarter (Bernard Oliver Chair for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute)

    Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going. We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent.