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AoT Cradle of Astronauts: “Into the Dark”
April 27, 2022 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Astronomy on Tap is a series of events aimed at bringing astronomy and space science to the public, with informal talks by professional scientists, trivia, and beer!
This month we are focusing on things that are hidden or unseen, with talks about dark matter and the edge of our Solar system!Amanda (Depoian) Baxter is currently a PhD candidate in the Physics and Astronomy department at Purdue. She received a BS in Physics from Siena College and MS in Physics and Astronomy from Purdue. Amanda’s main research focus is to understand and characterize signals in dark matter detectors, like XENONnT, to improve their sensitivity to detecting dark matter particles and even neutrinos from the Sun or a supernova.
Hunter Vannier is a PhD student in the department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. Prior to Purdue, he obtained an astronomy degree from Wesleyan University, but fell in love with remote sensing of planetary surfaces along the way. Currently, his research focuses on using spacecraft data to understand the composition and formation mechanism of diverse volcanic features on Earth’s Moon. In his free time, Hunter enjoys cooking and gardening, and aspires to own many leather bound books and live in an apartment that smells of rich mahogany.