DiRAC Planetarium | June 12th at 6:00 pm

You are invited!

Join us for a planetarium show, an evening of discussion and learning with UW astronomers building the largest sky survey in human history.

June 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Register here!

Reserve your spot today by using this registration link.

Space is limited for this event.

Refreshments and light appetizers will be available during the event in the auditorium foyer.

Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

We’re at the brink of a new age of survey-driven discovery in astronomy. Where before we could only study a handful of objects at a time, new detectors, algorithms, and telescopes will soon allow us – and the entire world – to monitor billions.

The flagship of this era will be the Rubin Observatory, set to open in Chile in 2025. Rubin will continuously gather data for over 20Bn stars, 20Bn galaxies, with billions of asteroid observations. In importance, it is a ground-based peer of the Webb space telescope.

We hope you can join us for this enriching experience!


6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome & Introduction to DiRAC

Prof. Mario Juric, DiRAC Director

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Planetarium Experience: First Science with Rubin Observatory

Prof. Andrew Connolly, eScience Director

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Conversations with UW Astronomers

Joachim Moeyens, Postdoctoral Fellow at the DiRAC Institute at the University of Washington

Ari Heinze, Research Scientist, University of Washington, DiRAC Institute

Colin Orion Chandler, LINCC Frameworks project scientist at the University of Washington and DiRAC Institute