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DateTime & PlaceSpeakerTitle
Jul 11, 2024CP-179Tim KnauerThe Discovery of Dark Matter
Jun 13, 2024CP-155 8 PMTim KnauerPowers of Ten
May 9, 2024CP-155 8 PMTim KnauerExtreme Stars
Apr 11, 2024CP-179 8 PMDr. Ron WilhelmT Coronae Borealis: A New Naked-eye Star is about to Appear
Mar 14, 2024CP-155 7PMDr. Tom TrolandTotal Eclipse of the Sun 2024 Where, When, and How
Feb 8, 2024CP-222 7PMDr. Gary Ferland

Our Universe and Life

Jan 11, 2024CP-222 7PMDr. Joe StraleyDo Stars Have Points?
Dec 14, 2023Chem-Phys Rm 287 7:00 PM

Julianne Goddard

Beyond the Stars:

Decoding Galaxies Through Observations

Nov 9, 2023Chem-Phys Rm 155 8:00 PMMohammadreza Zakeri NiasarNeutron Stars: Exploring the Dense Wonders of the Cosmos
Oct 9, 2023Chem-Phys Rm 155 8:00 PMDr. Gary FerlandFrom the Earth to the Moon,
and the Birth of our Solar System
Sept 14, 2023Chem-Phys Rm 155 8:00 PMDr. Gary FerlandImpacts on the Earth
May 11, 2023Chem-Phys Rm 287 8:00 PMTim KnauerPlanetary Nebulae, Aren't
Apr 13, 2023

CP-287

8:00 PM

Erica LenyelExploring Stellar Evolution through the Lens of Our Sun
Mar 9, 2023

Room 222 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

7:00 PM

Dr. Ron Wilhelm

The Hubble Tension:

How fast is the Universe expanding?

Feb 9, 2023

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

7:00 PM

Shweta JainGrowth of Starry Islands - The Galaxies
Jan 12, 2023

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

7:00 PM

Tim KnauerThe Doomed Comets of Kreutz
Dec 8, 2022

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

7:00 PM

Dr. Tom Troland

The Milky Way and Andromeda

A Tale of Two Galaxies

Nov 10, 2022

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

7:00 PM

Dr. Gary FerlandOur Universe and Life
Oct 13, 2022See: https://observatory.as.uky.edu/skytalk  
Sep 8, 2022

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

Tim KnauerGravity: Falling Apples to the Event Horizon
Aug 11, 2022

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

Tim KnauerKessler Syndrome and the Future of Satellites
July 14, 2022

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

Tim KnauerMessier and His Celestial Treasures
June 9, 2022Postponed  
May 12, 2022
 

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

Tim KnauerAncient Monuments, Ancient Observatories

Apr 14, 2022

 

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

Nikhil AjgaonkarPossible Signs of Alien Life in Our Solar System
Mar 10, 20227 PM Jacobs Science Building Room 221Dr. Ron WilhelmScience with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Feb 10, 20227PM Jacobs Science Building Room 114Dr. Tom TrolandEye on Mars
Jan 13, 2022POSTPONED  
Dec 9, 20217PM Chem-Phys Room 155Tim KnauerThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 11, 20217PM Chem-Phys Room 155Da BiDark Matter: the Hidden Giant in the Universe
Oct 14, 2021

7 PM - Jacobs Science Building

Room 108

Dr. Tom TrolandLunar Visions - Evolving Images of the Moon in Science and Art from Antiquity to the Present
Sept 9, 20218PM Chem-Phys Room 155Tim KnauerBuild Your Own Spectroscope
Feb 11, 2021https://uky.zoom.us/j/88207725660Dr. Ron WilhelmBut Where is Everybody?
Apr 9, 2020CancelledCancelledCancelled
Mar 12, 2020CancelledCancelledCancelled
Feb 13, 2020

7 PM Chem-Phys

Building Room 155

Dr. Joseph StraleyCan Renewable Energy Replace Fossil Fuels?
Jan 9, 2020TBATim KnauerEta Carinae: A Star With a Past... and No Future
Dec 12, 2019

7 PM Chem-Phys

Building Room 155

Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 14, 2019

7 PM Chem-Phys

Building Room 155

Austin HinkelThe Leftovers of Solar System Formation
Oct 10, 2019

7 PM Chem-Phys

Building Room 155

Dr. Isaac ShlosmanHow to make black holes, very large black holes
Sept 12, 20198 PM Chemistry-Physics Building - Room 155Dr. Tom TrolandThe Origins of the Elements
Aug 8, 2019

8 PM Jacobs Science Building -

Room 121

Dr. Ron WilhelmGathering Data at MacAdam Observator
July 11, 2019

8 PM Jacobs Science Building -

Room 121

Tim KnauerApollo at 50
June 13, 2019

8 PM Jacobs Science Building -

Room 121

 Amber MooreMagnetic Fields and Where to Find Them
May 9, 2019

8 PM Jacobs Science Building -

Room 121

 Da Bi  Important Things to Know About Telescopes
Apr 11, 20198 PM Jacobs Science Building - Room 221Dr. Ron WilhelmConfirming Einstein: The 100th Anniversary of the Eddington Eclipse
Mar 14, 2019

7 PM The 90

Room 202

 Tim Knauer Powers of Ten in Time
Feb 14, 2019

7PM UKAA Auditorium

W T Young Library

 Dr. Tom Troland Pluto and Beyond - The Twilight Zone of the Solar System
Jan 10, 2019

7PM UKAA Auditorium

W T Young Library

 Da BiActive Galactic Nucleus: The Most Luminous Object in the Sky
Dec 13, 20187 PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 8, 20187 PM CP-155Amber MooreSupernovae: Discovery, Death, and Explosions
Oct 11,20187 PM CP-155Tim KnauerSS433: A Cosmic Sprinkler
Sep 13, 20188 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandEverything About Ecllpses
Aug 9, 20188 PM CP-155Angela CollierSo you want to be an astronomer?
July 12, 20188 PM CP-155Tim KnauerWanted: A Planet With a View
June 14, 20188 PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmHow much darker can dark matter get?
May 10, 20188 PM CP-155Dr. Renbin YanThe Daily Drama on the Sun and How It Impacts Our Life
Apr 12, 20187 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandWhen Neutron Stars Collide
Mar 8, 20187 PM CP-155Amber MooreA Journey to Orion
Feb 8, 20187 PM CP-155Tim Knauer25 Greatest Astronomical Images
Jan 11, 20187 PM CP-155Tim KnauerClocks and Calendars
Dec 14,20177 PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 9, 20177 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandArtwork from the Heaven
Oct 12, 20177 PM CP-155Tim KnauerSputnik to SpaceX
Sep 14, 20178 PM CP-155Angela CollierThe Littlest Stars
Aug 10, 20178 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandThe August 21 Total Solar Eclipse - Don't You Dare Miss It!
July 13, 20178 PM CP-155Tim KnauerThe “WOW!” Signal, 40 Years On
June 8, 20178 PM CP-155Tim KnauerPowers of Ten
Apr 13, 20178 PM CP-155Tim KnauerDark Clouds Don’t Always Mean Stormy Weather
Mar 9, 20177 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandLife in the Solar System - Where Else Besides Earth?
Feb 9, 20177PM CP-155Angela CollerPandora’s Cluster: Abell 2744
Jan 12,20177PM CP-155Tim KnauerKeep Looking Up: The Heavenward Herschels
Dec 8, 20167PM CP-155Dr, Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 10, 20167PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmWhat Causes Gullies on Mars?
Oct 13, 20167PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandA Tribute to Cassini at Saturn
Sept 8, 20168PM CP-155Tim KnauerRosetta at Comet 67/P: Thereby Hangs a Tail 
Aug 11, 2016--------------- No SkyTalk this date. 
July 14, 20168PM CP-155Gemunu EkanayakeThe Heart of the Milky Way
June 9, 20168PM CP-155Angela CollierThe Search for Planet X
May 12, 20168PM CP-155Tim KnauerFundamental Astronomy:Where is That Star in the Sky? (And will it stay there?)
April 14, 20168PM CP-155Dr. Pamela MarcumStratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy
Mar 10, 20167PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmSurfing in the Dark: The First Detection of Gravitational Wave
Feb 11, 20167PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandPluto and the Outer Solar System Revealed
Jan 14, 20167PM CP-155Tim KnauerFundamental Astronomy: How Bright is that Star?
Dec 10, 20157PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
Nov 12, 20157PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandLunar Visions
Oct 8, 20158PM CP-155Tim KnauerClouds: Bane, Boon, and Boom
Sep 10, 20158PM CP-139Dr. Robert O'DellTraveling Through the Orion Nebula
Aug 13, 20158PM CP-155Angela CollierGalactic Navigation and Mapping
July 9, 20158PM CP-155Stacy LongJourney to Pluto
June 11, 20158PM CP-155Tim KnauerPreview the Summer Spectacular
May 14,20158PM CP-155Dr. Kyle McCarthyThe Hubble Tuning Fork: Harmonizing The Galaxies
Apr 9, 20158PM CP-155Tim KnauerA Blast from the Past: Tambora at 200 Years (Exactly)
Mar 12, 20158PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmThe First Stars in the Universe
Feb 12, 20157PM CP-155Tim KnauerKristian Birkeland and the Northern Lights
Jan 8, 20157PM CP-155Tim KnauerA History of Gravity: An Attractive Theory for 300 Years
Dec 11, 20147PM CP-155Dr. Renbin YanThe Enterprise of Mapping the Structure of the Universe
Nov 13, 20147PM CP-155Tim KnauerRosetta: Landing on a Comet
Oct 9, 20148PM CP-155Dr. Isaac ShlosmanThe Current Status of Space Travel: Science versus Fiction
Sept 11, 20148PM CP-155Dr. Thomas TrolandWhen Galaxies Collide
Aug 14, 20148PM CP-155Kyle McCarthyThe Inception of the Solar System
July 10, 20148PM CP-155Tim KnauerTo the Universe: Just How Old Are You, Anyway?
June 12, 20148PM CP-155Tim KnauerSaturn: From Cassini to Cassini
Night of May 23-242-4 AM EDT ?Possible New Meteor Shower - NASA Video Link to the righthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw3hVTUQ43U
May 8, 20148:00 PM CP-220Dr. Ron WilhelmStars that pulsate and what they teach us about the universe.
April 10, 20148:00 PM CP-139Tim KnauerThe Effect of Gamma Rays on Man Made Missions
March 13, 20148:00 PM CP-139Dr. Thomas TrolandA Trip to Mars
February 13, 20147:00 PM CP-139Dr. Joseph StraleyThe Science of Climate Change
January 9, 20147:00 PM CP-155Rick SchrantzAmateur Planetary Imaging Over the Years
December 12, 20137:00 PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
November 14, 20137:00 PM CP-155Tim KnauerComet ISON and the Sungrazers
October 10, 20137:00 PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmHow old are Surface Features on the Planets and Moons?
September 12, 20138:00 PM CP-155Dr. Thomas TrolandThe sky at many wavelengths
August 8, 20138:00 PM CP-155Aaron MorrisDwarf Planets: Stellar Pets
July 11, 20138:00 PM CP-155Gururaj WagleThe Midlife Crisis
June 13, 20138:00 PM CP-155Kyle McCarthyStellar Daycare
May 9, 20138:00 PM CP-155Dr. Dale KocevskiBlack Holes through Cosmic Time
April 11, 20138:00 PM CP-155Dr. Tom TrolandWhere we live in the universe
March 14, 20138:00 PM CP-155Dr. Renbin YanThe Universe in Rainbow Colors and Beyond
February 14, 20137:00 PM CP-155Tim KnauerInquisitive About Quasars
January 10, 20137:00 PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmWhat Ancient Stars Tell Us about the Universe
December 13, 20127:15PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Star of Bethlehem
November 8, 20127PM CP-155Tim KnauerThe Real Big Bang Theory
October 11, 20127PM CP-155Dr. Tom Troland

Why We Don't Need Humans in Space:

A Robotic Tour of the Solar System

September 13, 20128PM CP-155Tim KnauerInquisitive About Quasars
August 9, 20128PM CP-155Gururaj WagleEclipses: Superstition to Fascination
July 12, 20128PM CP-155Furea KiuchiExploring the Solar System with Robots
June 14, 20128PM CP-155Aaron MorrisDenizens of the Galactic Zoo
June 5, 20126PM-8:40PMSPECIAL EVENTWeather permitting, join us at The Arboretum to safely view the last Transit of Venus in you and your children's lifetimes.
May 31, 20127:30 PM CP-155Tim KnauerStanding in the Shadow of Venus
May 10, 20128PM CP-155Kyle McCarthyFinding Alien Planets Around Nearby Stars!
Apr 12, 20128PM CP-155Dr. Robert O'DellBuilding the Hubble Space Telescope
Mar 8, 20127PM CP-155Dr. Gary FerlandThe Mars they saw, and the Mars that really is.
Feb 9, 20127PM CP-155Dr. Thomas TrolandThe Andromeda Galaxy - The most distant object you can see with your naked eye, but it's getting closer all the time!
Jan 12, 20127PM CP-155Dr. Ron WilhelmHow Einstein's Relativity Changed Our Cosmic Perspective
Dec 8, 20117PM CP-155Dr. Susan GardnerIlluminating the Dark Sector of the Universe
Nov 10, 20117PM CP155Dr. Brad PlasterWhy is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe?
Oct 13, 20118PM - CP155Dr. Moshe ElitzurHow do we know the age of the Universe?
Sep 8, 20118PM - CP155Tim KnauerAstronomy from the Big City
Aug 11, 20118PM - CP155Furea KiuchiBlack Holes: No Escape Even at the Speed of Light
July 14, 20118PM - CP155 Tim KnauerKiller Asteroids and Comets: Ignorance is Bliss
June 9, 20118PM - CP155 Aaron Morris Pulsars: The Galaxy's Lighthouses
May 12, 20118PM - CP155 Kristen ThompsonOur Solar System's Shining Star - The Sun
Apr 14, 20118PM - CP155 Dr. Richard GrayExploring the Personalities of Stars through their Spectra
 Mar 10, 20117PMDr. Gary FerlandThe Man in the Moon
Feb 10, 20117PM Dr. Tom Troland A Voyage to Orion
Jan 13, 20117PM Dr. Joe StraleyIs the Earth Getting Warmer?
Dec 9, 20107PM CP155Dr. Jennifer BirrielLife in the Universe
Nov 10, 20107PMDr. Thomas PannutiSupernovae: Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night
Oct 14, 20107PMDr. Marco CioccaTelescopes, Planets and Stars, oh my...What can be seen and what is needed.
Sep 9, 20108PMTim KnauerOur Universe in 3-d
Aug 12, 20108PMTim KnauerThe Perseid Meteor Shower: See and Hear Pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle
Jul 8, 20108PM Dr. Ron WilhelmSize in the Universe: What Are You Really Seeing?  
Jun 10, 20108PMTim KnauerExploding Stars: the biggest bangs since the first one.
May 13, 20108PMDr. Brad Canon Where are they? Hypotheses about why intelligent life in the Galaxy hasn't contacted us. 
Apr 8, 20108PM Jake Gamsky Students for the Exploration and Development of Space 
Mar 11, 20107PM Dr. Raymond LeBeau A Galaxy of Giant Planets 
Feb 11, 20107PM Brandon Hargis The Hubble Space Telescope: Scientific Breakthroughs and Breathtaking Images 
Jan 14, 20107PM Dr. John YoppAstrobiology: What Earth's Extreme Life Forms Tell Us about the Possibilities of Life on Other Planets 
Dec 10, 20097PMAnna Quider The Dusty Universe 
Nov 12, 20097PM Bill BrockmanElements of Digital Astrophotography 

 

  
July 12, 20188 PM CP-155

 

8 PM CP-155

 

  
Jan 10, 2019

7PM UKAA Auditorium

W T Young Library

 

8 PM Jacobs Science Building -

Room 121

 

7PM Chem-Phys Room 155

 

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM

 

Room 155 Chemistry-Physics Bldg

8:00 PM