Kavli Lecture Series: A Universe of Surprises


Our Universe is full of surprises, from ghost remnants of black hole jets to exotic planets around distant stars to Boyajian’s star, the most mysterious star in our galaxy. If you are curious to learn how astronomers handle such surprises, come and attend a special live stream presentation “A Universe of Surprises” this Friday, November 1st from 2:30pm to 4pm, at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.  Free for members and regular admission fee applies to non-members. For tickets, please call 808-932-8901.

Through the Kavli Foundation, Adler Museum in Chicago will be live streaming lectures by Drs. Chris Lintott and Laura Trouille. They will examine how scientists cope with surprises, reveal what it’s like to think aliens might have been found, and explain how you might make a remarkable discovery from the comfort of your home. Lintott and Trouille will use unexpected discoveries to explore what we know—and what we don’t—about our dynamic Universe. With future telescopes providing astronomers with a dynamic view of the Universe for the first time, there’s never been a better time to look up at the night sky—and be surprised!  This special live stream presentation will take place at 'Imiloa's Cyber CANOE room where you can enjoy watching and listening to the lecture broadcast on the large screens or participate in a virtual reality (VR) experience using your phone and a provided VR headset.

The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humanity. The Foundation supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work.

The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, symposia and other initiatives in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. The Foundation is also a founding partner of the Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who runs the world's most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti, and was previously the founding Director of Citizen Science at the Adler. An accomplished speaker and writer, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long-running “Sky at Night” television program. His book ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’ is published in Fall 2019. 

Laura Trouille, PhD, has been leading the Adler’s Citizen Science efforts since June 2015. Prior to that time, she held a dual postdoctoral position at Northwestern University and at the Adler, as an observational astronomer (examining supermassive black holes) and a science-education researcher (on the impact of lesson plans incorporating computational thinking into K-12 STEM education). She earned a Bachelors’ Degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and holds a doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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