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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue

    Colloquium: Building Your Own Ultraviolet Telescope

    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Erika Hamden
    Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory
    University of Arizona

    Building Your Own Ultraviolet Telescope

    Why do galaxies look the way they do? How do galaxies interact with their environments? How does a star form? How does the environment around a new star impact the planets that form around it? These questions can all be answered by observations in the ultraviolet, a seriously neglected wavelength range. In this talk, I will discuss several space and sub-orbital UV telescopes that I am developing to answer the questions above, including FIREBall-2 (a balloon-borne UV spectrograph), Aspera (a NASA funded extreme UV SmallSat), and Hyperion (a FUV mission in development). I will also describe the importance of technology development in enabling these missions and the science they can achieve. Finally, I will argue that the best way to answer difficult science questions is to stop waiting for someone else to build your telescope.



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    Meeting ID: 919 282 27187