Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana: September 23, 2021 IN-PERSON

Join us IN-PERSON at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts outdoor Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 23 at *7 PM* CT for this month’s Astronomy on Tap CU. We will have two speakers to kick off the fall semester: Illinois professor Leslie Looney will talk about “Death From the Skies” and graduate student Chris Tandoi will tell us about “Space Weather.”

Have you ever thought about all the ways astronomy can kill you? Leslie will talk about the dangers of asteroids, the Sun, supernovae, aliens, and the end of the Universe. The hazards continue with Chris’ talk about the Sun’s constant state of turmoil, from solar flares and coronal mass ejections to auroras at the poles. Rain clouds and heat waves aren’t the only kinds of weather you have to worry about!

Prof. Leslie Looney is a professor in the Illinois Astronomy Department with a main research focus on the early stages of star formation. In particular, he studies the circumstellar disk surrounding young protostars; these disks are the natal environment of planets. Chris Tandoi is a third year graduate student in the Astronomy Department who works in the South Pole Telescope collaboration, studying flare stars as well as building lenses for future experiments.

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 local artist @illomati

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