Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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Monday Dec. 12:

Tuesday Dec. 13:

Physics Fall 2011 Seminar Series

Please join us for a talk about The Gamma-Ray Pulsar Menagerie

with Mallory S.E. Roberts of Ithaca College Physics and Eureka Scientific

Pulsars, the leftover cores of massive stars that have gone supernova, are Nature's extreme laboratories. They have the highest mass densities and the strongest magnetic fields to be found anywhere in the universe. They are precision clocks which can probe the strong gravitational field limits of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. They are Nature's particle accelerators, producing electrons and positrons with energies of up to tens of TeV. These particles generate beams of radio, optical, X-ray, and gamma-ray light as they leave the vicinity of the pulsar, and then strongly shock any matter surrounding the pulsar. These shocks can produce strangely shaped nebulae which emit at every observable wavelength. I will tell the story of pulsars by looking at several interesting pulsars I have helped discover while examining sources of GeV gamma-rays in our Galaxy. A story which involves destruction, violence, cannibalism and rebirth, with clues as to the fundamental nature of our Universe. Note, if you fear poisonous spiders or bunnies, there will be pictures of both.


All seminars will be held in CNS 204 at 12:10 (unless otherwise indicated). Pizza and refreshments will be available for $1. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Please bring your own cup.


Wednesday Dec. 14:

Thursday Dec. 15:

Friday Dec. 16:

Public Viewing night, Friday, December 16th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory on Friday,  December 16th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To attend a Public Night
Just show up the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted. For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 pm on the scheduled date. Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

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