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Breaking the Solar System (and Other Ways Simulations Help Us Understand Our Universe)

03/06/2021 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am MST

Do you know high school students who are curious about how different galaxies in the universe formed and evolved? Or how astronomers use computers to simulate our universe? If they have wondered, they’re not alone! For years scientists have been trying to answer questions about the mysteries that exist in our universe.
To discover the answers by experimenting with the data, invite the high school students come to the next, free Saturday morning online Teen Astronomy Cafés on March 6.



Please note that owing to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, our Teen Astronomy Cafés are online and not in-person until further notice.
To participate in our online Teen Astronomy Café on March 6, ask them to sign up by March 3 at http://www.teenastronomycafe.org to reserve their spot. On Friday, March 5, we will send them an email on how to connect to the March 6th café through zoom.
More information at: http://www.teenastronomycafe.org.
Have questions? Contact: Huyen Nguyen, Student Assistant of the Teen Astronomy Café at huyen.nguyen@noao.edu or Dr. Connie Walker, Director of the Teen Astronomy Café program at cwalker@noao.edu.


About the Speakers:

Dr. Christine O’Donnell is a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University, and her passion is to improve science education. She received her astrophysics Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2020, and her dissertation included research combining computer simulations of the universe with observational data to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed, as well as research into inclusive education designs. Outside of work, Christine enjoys volunteering with animal rescues and participating in hobbies such as glassblowing.

Dr. Rachel Smullen is an astronomer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her PhD in astrophysics from the University of Arizona in 2020. In her research life, Rachel studies how stars and planets form and evolve using large computer simulations. Her work has ranged from analyzing how clouds of gas collapse to form stars to exploring how planets like Tatooine can exist and investigating how Pluto got its moons. Rachel likes to use astronomy as a gateway science to share her passion for science and technology with people of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys most things geeky and nerdy.


9:30 am - 11:30 am MST
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