DiRAC & Astronomy on Tap Seattle Present: ASTRONOMY AT HOME

Join us for an evening with an astronomer and participate in talks and live conversations about topics that vary from searching for the most mysterious stars in our Galaxy to the Starlink satellites changing our view to the night sky!

UW astronomers will talk about their work and latest discoveries. Astronomy at Home talks are for everyone: astronomy enthusiasts, students, and all who are curious and interested in astronomy and data science in astronomy. The talks will be 20 minutes in length with plenty of time for Q&A. All talks are streamed on YouTube and you can join for live discussion via Zoom.

Tune in on December 10th at 7:00pm! 

Streaming from DiRAC YouTube channel https://dirac.us/yt

Join us via Zoom


December 10 | Dr. Ed Lu | Charting the High Frontier of Space

Dr. Ed Lu will present the case for a four-dimensional map of the solar system in his talk titled “Charting the High Frontier of Space.” The map, which he and his team are building at B612’s Asteroid Institute, is the key to protecting Earth from asteroid impacts. The space map will also help spur future scientific exploration and future space resource utilization. This is a family-friendly talk and young space enthusiasts are welcome!

About Dr. Ed Lu

Dr. Lu is the Executive Director of the Asteroid Institute, a program of B612 Foundation. Ed served as a NASA Astronaut for twelve years. He flew aboard the Space Shuttle twice, and flew on the Russian Soyuz to the International Space Station where he did a six-month tour. He has logged over 206 days in space. Dr. Lu has been an active research scientist working in the fields of solar physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, cosmology, and planetary science. He held positions at the High Altitude Observatory, the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, and the Institute for Astronomy.  At Google, he led the Advanced Projects group which built imaging and data gathering systems for Google Earth and Maps, Google StreetView, and Google Books.  He is also a co-founder of LeoLabs, a startup building and operating a network of ground based phased array radars for tracking satellites and space debris in Low Earth Orbit. Ed is also the co-inventor of the Gravity Tractor, a controllable means of changing the trajectory of an asteroid.  

Past Live Stream:

Siegfried Eggl | Avoiding Armageddon: Asteroid Deflection and Planetary Defense | Nov 12, 2020

Keaton Bell | Sounding the Depths of Stars | Oct 8, 2020

Stephen Portillo | Computer, Enhance! | Sep 10, 2020

Emily Levesque | The Last Stargazers | Aug 6, 2020

Meredith Rawls | It’s a Star, it’s a Galaxy, it’s… Starlink? | July 23, 2020

Željko Ivezić | The Greatest Movie of All Time | June 9, 2020

James Davenport | Searching for the Most Mysterious Stars in Our Galaxy | May 28, 2020