Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana: May 20, 2021

Join us live on YouTube ( next Thursday, May 20 at 6 PM CT for this month’s Astronomy on Tap CU, where Illinois professor Jeff Filippini will talk about Balloon-Borne Astronomy.

Some kinds of astronomy are best done from above the clouds, dangling below a stadium-sized balloon. Prof. Filippini will describe the adventure of scientific ballooning: why we do it, the science it enables, and what it’s like to launch an instrument from Antarctica.

Prof. Jeff Filippini is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Illinois, and builds instruments to probe the workings of the universe.

Grab a drink, bring your friends and family, and let’s have some fun while we learn! We hope to see you there!

Poster design by Illinois grad student Alex Gagliano.

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