UW Space Place
Andrew Schechtman-Rook, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains advanced modeling techniques and high-resolution near-infrared imaging to study the anatomy of other galaxies and compares them to our own. Mapping this structure is essential to understanding how spiral galaxies form and evolve.
Britt Lundgren, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains how quasars can be used as probes in the vast intergalactic distances they cross. Lundgren explores how astronomers use this information to map the “cosmic web” of matter that shapes our visible universe.
Cami Collins, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, asks how stars and planets form and why some black holes are the brightest objects in the universe. Collins discusses the underlying physical mechanism which could reveal the answers.
Eric Hooper, Scientific Staff, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains the types of instruments astronomers use at observatories and the advantages of looking into space from different vantage points around the globe. Hooper discusses the research University of Wisconsin astronomers are working on at observatories all over the world.
David Weisberg, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the unknown physics surrounding the center of our solar system, the sun. Research at the Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment attempts to reproduce the basic mechanism of magnetic field generation theorized to occur in the sun.
Jim Lattis, the director of Space Place at UW-Madison, discusses the theory that the progression of the equinoxes has caused there to be a thirteenth sign of the zodiac, a constellation called Ophiuchus.
Francis Halzen, Neutrino Astronomy
Francis Halzen talks about the IceCube Project, the Neutrino Telescope, First Light and neutrinos.
Peter Sobol PhD, Historian of Science, discusses the history of the nature of light.
Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place
Jim Lattis talks about the history of astronomy at UW-Madison. Specifically, he focuses on the beginning and history of Washburn Observatory and its relation to the development of astronomy.
Robert Benjamin, an associate professor in the Physics Department at UW-Whitewater, together with a team of astronomers around the world, conducted a 400-hour survey of the Galactic Plane of the Milky Way. An analysis of this data indicates a much larger Galactic bar than was previously suspected.