6:30 PM Introduction/Discussion
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7:00 PM Presentation: "The Zwicky Transient Facility"
We are very fortunate to have a guest presenter from IPAC, Dr.Benjamin Rusholme. Dr.Rusholme will tell us about the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a large modern camera on the historic Palomar Schmidt telescope. Its wide-field of view and fast readout allows the entire Northern sky to be scanned every two days.
ZTF searches for transient phenomena such as supernovae, tidal-disruption events, stellar variability (including rapidly-rotating binaries), comets, and asteroids.
Dr. Rusholme grew up under in London, UK, where he was lucky to see the Moon due to cloud and light pollution. Too tall to be an astronaut, he built telescopes to study the Cosmic Microwave Background (the heat left from the Big Bang). One telescope was located at the South Pole, to which he deployed four times. He then specialized in data analysis for larger and longer missions, including space telescopes.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Meeting ID: 210 869 6530