Simon Fraser University
SFU Cosmology Outreach

Outreach Lectures organized by SFU Cosmology Group:



Saturday, 15 November 2008, 09:00 in ASB10900

A Taste of Π Public Lecture

Dr. Andrei Frolov - "The Beginning of the Universe"

The Universe is now about 14 billion years old. We can see the hot glow of its younger days in a form of cosmic microwave background radiation. That light is coming to us from the time it was about 400,000 years old. We have a pretty good idea how Universe was expanding when it was three minutes old from abundance of elements produced during nucleosynthesis. But what was there before that? And how are we going to find out? In this talk, I will describe the current paradigms of theoretical cosmology, inflation and the Big Bang model, discuss what observational evidence we have to support our views, and mention some of my own work on reheating of the early Universe.

Saturday, 7 July 2007, 19:30 in Theatre C9001

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Public Lecture

Hubble Space Telescope SFU Physics Department and RASC Vancouver Centre present a Public Lecture by

Dr. Ray Villard - "Discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope"

The Hubble Space Telescope was released from the Space Shuttle in 1990 and from its perch high above the Earth's light absorbing atmosphere has proved to be one of the world's foremost astronomical tools; providing proof of the age of the universe and its expansion rate. Along the way the HST has shown, with striking photos, the beauty of the universe in which we live and views of our planetary neighbours that rival those of planetary space probes.
Eagle Nebula Pillar

About the speaker:

Dr. Ray Villard is Public Relations Director for the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomy courses through Dr. Villard's veins; prior to joining the HST team, he was an associate editor for Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines as well as an author of two astronomy textbooks and has written scripts for radio and planetariums.

Admission is by donation. Further info at RASC Vancouver website.

Thursday, 10 May 2007, 19:30 in H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Public Lecture

Dr. Levon Pogosian - "Cosmology for Curious Minds"

How we know what we know, what we do not know, and what we can hope to know about our universe.

Saturday, 4 November 2006, 09:00 in ASB10900

A Taste of Π Public Lecture

Dr. Levon Pogosian - "Our Universe: Facts and Speculations"


Modified by Andrei Frolov <frolov@sfu.ca> on 2018-11-02