The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free and open to anyone!
- Beginner’s Session
- What’s Up? – An overview of what you can see in the current night sky
- What’s New? – News stories from the science of astronomy
- Refreshment break
- Featured Presentation
Our featured presentation for December will be given by Adam Rogers from the University of Manitoba.
Title: More Than Meets the Eye
Abstract: Einstein’s description of gravity tells us that massive objects like galaxies, and even individual stars, can act like giant converging lenses in the sky. This gravitational lensing effect causes background objects to appear distorted and magnified. But did you know that there are other types of astrophysical lensing phenomena that can also change our view of the cosmos? During this talk I will discuss the foundations of astrophysical lensing, the effect of gravity on light rays, and recent research in the lesser-known (but equally interesting!) phenomenon of plasma lensing.
About the Speaker: Adam Rogers received his Ph.D in astrophysics from the University of Manitoba in 2012, and earned a distinguished dissertation award for his thesis modeling gravitational lens mass distributions using genetic algorithms. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher with Samar Safi-Harb in the department of Physics and Astronomy investigating magnetars, neutron stars with super-strong magnetic fields. Adam’s research interests occupy the common ground between theory and numerical methods applied to problems in high energy astrophysics.