Public Astronomy Night Talk: Our Home in the Universe by Karan Pankaj Jani

Come and enjoy a conversation with an astrophysicist on the latest discoveries and ideas at the public nights of the Georgia Tech Observatory. This month we will have Karan Pankaj Jani who will be talking about "Our Home in the Universe".

DATE:  Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 20:30 

LR-3 Howey Physics Building, Georgia Tech



CRA Distinguished Lecture: Turning Stars into Gold

Join the CRA in welcoming Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) as our latest CRA Distinguished Lecturer. His presentation will be Monday, September 14th, 2015 from 6-7pm in Howey L3. Prof. Ramirez-Ruiz will also be giving a CRA Seminar on Thursday September 17th at 3pm.


Prof. Wise's Simulations Showcased

The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, an organization of 80 institutions, publishes an annual brochure highlighting significant advances in computational scientific research. Professor Wise's work was chosen to represent advances in simulations of galaxy formation and is highlighted on page 12 of the 2015 brochure (full PDF). These current efforts allows for the understanding the origins of all present-day galaxies and for making predictions of future observations with the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Congratulations!

Public Night at the Observatory! Features a presentation by a CRA astrophysicist!

The Georgia Tech Observatory is open to the public, and a CRA astrophysicist presents exciting recent research.

Join us on the rooftop of Howey, and view the Moon and other objects on the night sky.

More info and future events

HAWC erects tank 250
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray detector, of which Georgia Tech is a member has installed tank #250. HAWC operates by measuring ground level particles that are created when a very-high-energy gamma-ray strikes the upper atmosphere. Each of the HAWC tanks works as a "pixel" in 20,000 square meter camera. Building tank 250 meets the construction milestone set by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Construction will continue, past the milestone, to achieve the goal of 300 tanks. HAWC is already operating continuously (up time above 95%), with 111 tanks and has observed a dozen very high energy sources including the Crab nebula and active galactic nucleus Mrk 421.


Each of LIGO’s detectors is designed to measure the deformation of space-time by comparing changes in the paths of laser beams that race down its two perpendicular 4-kilometre-long arms, bounce...

We are introducing a new event, Faculty on the Hot Seat. This event will take place in lieu of a CRA seminar once a month. Each event will feature one of the CRA faculty. From 3-4pm, Thursday...
Our first “Event Horizon Meeting" will be on August 28 at 12:00 pm at the CRA conference room. The Event Horizon Meetings are informal meetings for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdocs...
On July 31st, we had a farewell dinner for Dr. James Casey, Dr Jacob Daughhetee, Dr. Laurens Keek, Dr. Claudia Lazarro, Dr. Lionel London, and undergraduates Chris Evans and Lorena Magaña Zertuche....

CRA professor and director Deirdre Shoemaker has been named 2015 Georgia Tech College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Fellow in recognition of her research on the astrophysics of black holes using...