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Monday, November 19, 2012 — 1:30 PM EST

As part of the Waterloo Region Museum TALKS Series,
Waterloo Physics & Astronomy Professor Michel Fich will describe how
exciting developments in radio astronomy are opening up new vistas on
the universe.  Professor Fich will focus upon two revolutionary
observatories currently being constructed on the norther plains of
Chile: the Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA), a
collection of roughly 60 individual telescopes that together produce a
single instrument with unparalleled sensitivity and fantastic
resolution, and CCAT, which when constructed will be the largest
submillimetre telescope in the world.

Professor Fich began his astronomy career early, “I started in amateur
astronomy in junior high school in Toronto.  Then I found out I could
do it as a career and get paid to do my hobby.”  On Monday he will
share some of the excitement that motivates him to develop
ever more sensitive and impressive instruments.  “Light takes time to
get to us, so with really big telescopes, we’ll be able to look really
far away to see all the exciting stuff that was happening by looking
far back in time,” he said.  While it's not all fun and games, the
payoff in our understanding of the universe is worth it.  As he said,
“I’ll have a lot of pretty pictures to share as the places where we put
these telescopes, like high elevation deserts, are pretty exotic. It’s
actually dangerous, and absolutely fascinating.”

Find out more about

Waterloo Region TALKS
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/plan-your-visit/talks-series.aspx

the Waterloo Chronicle listing of this event
http://www.waterloochronicle.ca/whats-on/observing-the-cold-universe/

CCAT Observatory
http://www.ccatobservatory.org

ALMA website:
https://www.almaobservatory.org/en/home/

Dr. Michel Fich
http://astro.uwaterloo.ca/~fich/

Location 
Christie Theatre in the Waterloo Region Museum


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Canada

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