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June
Cosmic Musings -The Life of Galaxies:from a turbulent Birth to a (silent) Death
A Futuristic Journey Through the Cosmos
June 18th, 2018 7:30pm

Cosmic Musings lecture series presented by United Airlines.

 

 

The world’s best telescopes allow scientists to peer into the darkness of the early universe to study the formation of the first galaxies only 500 million years after the Big Bang. In the wealth of data are large samples of galaxies across billions of years of cosmic time - from the Big Bang to today. These samples allow scientists to follow the average properties of the first galaxies over time, study the evolution of these galaxies, and answer major questions in astrophysics such as: What types of galaxies do exist? How do they grow? How do they form their stars? Why do they suddenly stop forming stars and become massive dead galaxies?

 

Join Friends Of The Observatory for the next Cosmic Musings presentation to explore the possible answers and learn more from special guest speaker, Dr. Andreas Faisst, who will share about the techniques and tricks used to find and study these first primordial galaxies of our universe. It is a journey more than 12 billion years long, following galaxies from their birth to their death, and you are invited.

 

 

 

Dr. Andreas Faisst
Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech

 

Andreas Faisst, born in Zurich, Switzerland, is a professional astronomer at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His research focuses on the study of the formation and evolution of the first galaxies in the early universe. To accomplish this he uses the largest telescopes on Earth (the 10-meter Keck Observatory; the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Telescope (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile) and in space (the Spitzer Infrared Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and soon the James Webb Space Telescope).

 

Andreas obtained his Masters degree in Physics (2011) and doctorate in astrophysics (2015) at ETH Zurich. His thesis topic was the “Evolution of Star-Forming and Quiescent Massive Galaxies Through Cosmic Time.” Shortly thereafter, he moved to Pasadena where he is currently a postdoctoral researcher at IPAC at Caltech. In addition to his academic career, Andreas is a semi-professional web-designer, a pianist and a passionate volleyball player, mountain biker and swimmer, as well as a billiards player on national competition level in Switzerland.

 

Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

 

Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. Non-wait list tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. The event wait list may be joined by emailing MMeehan@FOTO.org, including the number of seats requested and a full name for the reservation. Wait list tickets are sold at the door, cash (exact change) only. No refunds are available. All registration closes June 18, 4:00 p.m.

 

If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at www.FOTO.org. For event or membership questions, please send an email to Marc at MMeehan@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

 

Cosmic Musings - The Life of Galaxies: from a turbulent Birth to a (silent) Death
June 18th, 2018 7:30pm

Sponsored by United Airlines.

 

 

The world’s best telescopes allow scientists to peer into the darkness of the early universe to study the formation of the first galaxies only 500 million years after the Big Bang. In the wealth of data are large samples of galaxies across billions of years of cosmic time - from the Big Bang to today. These samples allow scientists to follow the average properties of the first galaxies over time, study the evolution of these galaxies, and answer major questions in astrophysics such as: What types of galaxies do exist? How do they grow? How do they form their stars? Why do they suddenly stop forming stars and become massive dead galaxies?

 

Join Friends Of The Observatory for the next Cosmic Musings presentation to explore the possible answers and learn more from special guest speaker, Dr. Andreas Faisst, who will share about the techniques and tricks used to find and study these first primordial galaxies of our universe. It is a journey more than 12 billion years long, following galaxies from their birth to their death, and you are invited.

 

  

 

Dr. Andreas Faisst
Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech

 

Andreas Faisst, born in Zurich, Switzerland, is a professional astronomer at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His research focuses on the study of the formation and evolution of the first galaxies in the early universe. To accomplish this he uses the largest telescopes on Earth (the 10-meter Keck Observatory; the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Telescope (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile) and in space (the Spitzer Infrared Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and soon the James Webb Space Telescope).

 

Andreas obtained his Masters degree in Physics (2011) and doctorate in astrophysics (2015) at ETH Zurich. His thesis topic was the “Evolution of Star-Forming and Quiescent Massive Galaxies Through Cosmic Time.” Shortly thereafter, he moved to Pasadena where he is currently a postdoctoral researcher at IPAC at Caltech. In addition to his academic career, Andreas is a semi-professional web-designer, a pianist and a passionate volleyball player, mountain biker and swimmer, as well as a billiards player on national competition level in Switzerland.

 

Check-in and the  Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. Non-wait list tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. The event wait list may be joined by emailing MMeehan@FOTO.org, including the number of seats requested and a full name for the reservation. Wait list tickets are sold at the door, cash (exact change) only. No refunds are available. All registration closes June 18, 4:00 p.m.

If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at www.FOTO.org. For event or membership questions, please send an email to Marc at MMeehan@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

Public Star Party
June 23rd, 2018 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society at the Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

July
All Space Considered
July 6th, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.

For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

SOLD OUT - Mount Wilson Observatory Experience
July 6th, 2018 to July 7th, 2018 6:00pm

 

Join FOTO for a private, members-only evening at Mt. Wilson Observatory (MWO).

 

We start with an expert-led sunset walking tour of historic solar telescopes, the 100-inch Hooker Telescope, and the CHARA array.

 

Then we spend the evening viewing through the historic 60-inch telescope with trained astronomers (weather permitting).

 

 Images through the 60-inch telescope, credit Blake Estes. Right to left: Ring Nebula | Saturn | Cat's Eye Nebula

 

THE MWO'S HISTORIC 60-INCH TELESCOPE saw first light on December 8, 1908. At the time, it was the largest telescope in the world, but it is renowned for more than just its size; it represents an important change in astronomy -- the birth of astrophysics and the quest to understand the origin and evolution of stars. It is regarded as the first modern telescope and one of the most productive telescopes ever. Now it is one of the largest telescopes in the world made routinely available for public viewing. Click here to learn more about MWO's historic 60-inch telescope.

 

This is a very popular FOTO opportunity for members and the telescope dome can only accommodate 25 visitors total. This year, members may register for four tickets maximum per membership. This should sell out quickly, register early!

 

The cost is $130.00 per person and includes a tour and telescope viewing with knowledgeable and entertaining astronomers, plus snacks, beverages, and parking.

 

All participants are expected to arrive at Mt. Wilson Observatory’s front gate by the designated start time for the observatory tour. Click here to open instructions on how to get to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The tour is roughly two hours long and the viewing session at the 60-inch telescope begins around sunset. The evening ends at 1:00 a.m. and participants may leave early if they wish.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Reservations available only for guests 12 years and older.
  • No Handicapped Access: The dome was built in 1908 and is not ADA-compliant, offering no access for those who cannot climb stairs and ladders.
  • During the viewing session, a restroom is located inside the dome, on ground level, two flights of stairs below the telescope viewing area. Visiting is not suggested for those with respiratory or heart problems due to the stairs and the 5700-ft elevation.
  • Cancellation: This event's success is dependent upon several factors that are out of our control, including weather and wildfires. Although unlikely, it is possible that we could be required to reschedule or cancel the evening. Only if Mt. Wilson Observatory cancels or reschedules our visit are refunds available.

 

For questions, connect with us via FOTOFriend@FOTO.org or call (213) 473-0879.

 

Top banner image: MWO's 60-inch telescope in red light, credit Babak Tafreshi

Public Star Party
July 21st, 2018 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets, and other objects; to try out a variety of telescopes; and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

 

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

 

Griffith Observatory does not permit the operation of private, unauthorized telescopes on its grounds, for either public or private use. The Observatory is responsible for the public safety of its visitors and for the accuracy of any information provided in an astronomical and public setting. Allowing deployment of private telescopes on the grounds implies endorsement of both the instruments and the operators, neither of which the Observatory is capable of verifying.

COSMIC MUSINGS - "Another Day in the Sun"
July 23rd, 2018 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 6/19/2018

COSMIC MUSINGS series presented by United Airlines. 

 

Another Day in the Sun

by Mark Cheung and Miho Janvier 

 

[more information to follow]

COSMIC MUSINGS - "The Soul of Psyche - Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet"
July 24th, 2018 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 7/24/2018

COSMIC MUSINGS series presented by United Airlines.

 

The Soul of Psyche - Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet

by Tracy Drain, JPL

 

[more information to follow]

August
All Space Considered
August 3rd, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.
For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

Public Star Party
August 18th, 2018 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets, and other objects; to try out a variety of telescopes; and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

Griffith Observatory does not permit the operation of private, unauthorized telescopes on its grounds, for either public or private use. The Observatory is responsible for the public safety of its visitors and for the accuracy of any information provided in an astronomical and public setting. Allowing deployment of private telescopes on the grounds implies endorsement of both the instruments and the operators, neither of which the Observatory is capable of verifying.

SOLD OUT - Mount Wilson Observatory Experience
August 18th, 2018 to August 19th, 2018 5:30pm
By Invitation Only

 

Join FOTO for a private, members-only evening at Mt. Wilson Observatory (MWO).

 

We start with an expert-led sunset walking tour of historic solar telescopes, the 100-inch Hooker Telescope, and the CHARA array.

 

Then we spend the evening viewing through the historic 60-inch telescope with trained astronomers (weather permitting).

 

Images through the 60-inch telescope, credit Blake Estes. Right to left: Ring Nebula | Saturn | Cat's Eye Nebula

 

THE MWO'S HISTORIC 60-INCH TELESCOPE saw first light on December 8, 1908. At the time, it was the largest telescope in the world, but it is renowned for more than just its size; it represents an important change in astronomy -- the birth of astrophysics and the quest to understand the origin and evolution of stars. It is regarded as the first modern telescope and one of the most productive telescopes ever. Now it is one of the largest telescopes in the world made routinely available for public viewing. Click here to learn more about MWO's historic 60-inch telescope.

 

This is a very popular FOTO opportunity for members and the telescope dome can only accommodate 25 visitors total. This year, members may register for four tickets maximum per membership. This should sell out quickly, register early!

 

The cost is $130.00 per person and includes a tour and telescope viewing with knowledgeable and entertaining astronomers, plus snacks, beverages, and parking.

 

All participants are expected to arrive at Mt. Wilson Observatory’s front gate by the designated start time for the observatory tour. Click here to open instructions on how to get to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The tour is roughly two hours long and the viewing session at the 60-inch telescope begins around sunset. The evening ends at 1:00 a.m. and participants may leave early if they wish.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Reservations available only for guests 12 years and older.
  • No Handicapped Access: The dome was built in 1908 and is not ADA-compliant, offering no access for those who cannot climb stairs and ladders.
  • During the viewing session, a restroom is located inside the dome, on ground level, two flights of stairs below the telescope viewing area. Visiting is not suggested for those with respiratory or heart problems due to the stairs and the 5700-ft elevation.
  • Cancellation: This event's success is dependent upon several factors that are out of our control, including weather and wildfires. Although unlikely, it is possible that we could be required to reschedule or cancel the evening. Only if Mt. Wilson Observatory cancels or reschedules our visit are refunds available.

 

For questions, connect with us via FOTOFriend@FOTO.org or call (213) 473-0879.

 

Top banner image: MWO's 60-inch telescope in red light, credit Babak Tafreshi

 

September
All Space Considered
September 7th, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.
For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

COSMIC MUSINGS - "SOFIA"
September 17th, 2018 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 8/21/2018

COSMIC MUSINGS presented by United Airlines.


SOFIA

by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, NASA Project Scientist

 

[more information to follow]

SOFIA

by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, NASA Project Scientist

 

[more information to follow]

December
MEMBERS ONLY: FOTO Holiday Party
December 3rd, 2018
Registration Not Available Until 10/30/2018

FOTO Members Holiday Party

 

[more information to follow]

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