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How space explanation has now become linked to computers, with big data and much more, on Red Planet Day, followed by BCS Hampshire Branch AGM.

Speaker

Dr Rebecca Canning, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Agenda

6:00pm - Start of presentation, by Dr Rebecca Canning
7:00pm - Estimated start of the BCS Hampshire Branch AGM
8:00pm - Estimated finish

Synopsis

Dr Rebecca Canning uses some of the most precise scientific instruments on earth and in the space environment. Her talk will be illustrated with many images of cosmic phenomena from these telescopes, and the talk is suitable for a wide audience.

What are the Computing and engineering challenges involved in Astrophysics?

Earth based optical telescopes are built and situated in some of the most remote and geologically challenging environments. To gather sufficient light, one needs huge optics and along with this one needs precision control and survivability during earthquakes. Astrophysics experiments gather large quantities of data which must be precisely measured – what are the computational challenges in storing, combining and analysing this data?

And as for space – there have been significant successes we all take for granted, Hubble, JWST, but these are years in the planning, simulation, and operation (maintenance generally not being an option). What are the challenges of operating experiments under these conditions?

Rebecca will discuss some of these challenges, of which she has first hand observational experience, and illustrate the novel scientific data that is unlocking the secrets and physics of our Universe.

About the speaker

Dr Rebecca Canning

Rebecca gained her PhD at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, she spent 8 years at Stanford University Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in California as a postdoctoral scholar, NASA Einstein Fellow and research scientist. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, UK

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Webinar: How computing has helped to lead the way to the Red Planet (AGM)
Date and time
Monday 28 November, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location


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Price
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