Astronomy on Tap Triangle #3: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Join us for an exciting night of timely talks about gravitational waves at the third event of Astronomy on Tap Triangle, our North Carolina chapter of short, engaging talks about astronomy over beer! Our events are free and open to all ages, held at the taproom of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. The direct detection of these faint ripples in the fabric of space was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics!

On Tuesday November 7 we’ll be joined by two professional astronomers in the Triangle. First we’ll hear from UNC graduate student Kyle Slinker*, who will talk about gravitational waves and how they allow us to listen in on the collisions of black holes across the Universe. We will then hear from UNC postdoctoral researcher Dr. Bart Dunlap** about the bangs and whimpers of stellar collisions.

*Kyle Slinker is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, where he works with Dr. Charles Evans and has nearly completed his Ph.D. in astrophysics. Kyle’s research focuses on simulating binary black hole systems and the gravitational waves they generate. He obtained a B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in Seattle.

**Dr. Bart Dunlap is a postdoctoral researcher at UNC Chapel Hill, where he makes observations of the endpoints of stars. Dr. Dunlap also supports astronomers using the 4.1-m SOAR Telescope on Cerro Pachon in Chile, which obtained some of the first spectra of the visible-light counterpart to the merging neutron stars detected in gravitational waves. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2013, and a B.S. in Physics & Mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas.

Our FREE Astronomy on Tap events features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.

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