UC California Observatories Astronomy Virtual "Living Room" Lecture with Dr. Ryan Foley Next Monday, August 3rd

  • JULY 31 - AUGUST 3
  • Virtual On-Line Event, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties
  • July 31, 2020 to
    August 3, 2020
  • Categories: All Ages, Classes & Workshops

Event Details

  • July 31, 2020 to
    August 3, 2020
  • 8:00 am
  • Free
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Event Description

UC California Observatories Living Room Lecture Series

UC California Observatories’ Living Room Lecture with Dr. Ryan Foley -- Dark Energy in the Last Two Decades!!!

The Big Bang that started the Universe was the start of an expanding universe, where points within our universe moving further and further apart over time. Gravity pulling back on galaxies should slow that expansion. Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to discover from observations of exploding stars that the expansion is speeding up. We say that the acceleration is caused by “Dark Energy” or “Cosmic Anti-Gravity,” which accounts for 70% of the Universe.

Join the UC California Observatories on Monday, August 3rd for what will ultimately be another exceptional Living Room Lecture; Doctor Ryan Foley, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UCSC and his in-depth and exciting presentation on what the World of Astrology has learned about “Dark Energy” in the Last Two Decades.

Dr. Foley will give his UCO Living Room Lecture via Zoom at 4:00pm (PDT). We also plan to share the live stream via UCO’s Facebook page. In addition to discussing this exceptional Nobel Prize-winning Discovery and what has been learned about dark energy during the past two decades, Dr. Foley will also discuss the Cosmological Mystery du Jour, “Hubble Tension,” and how observations of exploding stars, especially those made at Lick and Keck Observatories, may answer these profound questions.



Dr. Ryan Foley is an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz in Astrophysics & Astronomy. Professor Foley studies exploding stars, often with a telescope from the top of a mountain. He is interested in characterizing the many ways a Star can die. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2008, was a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is now a member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty, is a Sloan Fellow, Packard Fellow as well as a Kavli Fellow.

Dr. Foley was awarded a 2018 NEXTies award in the “Wildcard” category. His team’s discovery of the First Light from a Gravitational Wave Source was named the 2017 Science Breakthrough of the Year. He resides close to the Beach and tries to observe the Ocean and its amazing patterns and beauty as an unparalleled ecological system every day.


DATE: Monday, August 3rd
TIME: 4:00pm
REGISTRATION: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498
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