Astronomy on Tap Leiden: Monday, 29 July Grandcafé de Burcht

Our next event will take place on Monday 29 July at 20:00 in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! Aurora Simionescu and Matteo Guainazzi will tell us the history of X-ray astronomy and high-energy universe from small-scales to large-scales.

Aurora Simionescu is a Romanian astrophysicist currently affiliated to the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and Leiden University. Her work focuses on the physics of the X-ray emitting gas in clusters of galaxies, from the smallest to the largest scales. In her talk she will tell us about how X-ray astronomy can help us understand the early stages and evolution of the universe.

Matteo Guainazzi is a Sicilian astronomer working for the European Space Agency (ESA). He has been involved over 20 years in the science operations of major X-ray astrophysical observatories of the Italian, European, and Japanese Space Agencies. In his talk he will tell us about ESA’s largest astrophysical mission ever: XMM-Newton, which revolutionized our understanding of the universe through X-ray observations.

All ages and backgrounds welcome! The entry is free and no reservation is needed. We start at 20h but recommend you arrive early to save a seat and grab a drink. And of course, beside the talks, we will have fun games where you can win cool science prizes! More info: check out!

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