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Jun 11

Introduction to Astrochemistry (2024)

June 11 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until June 11, 2024

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$50 – $60

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INTRODUCTION TO ASTROCHEMISTRY (2024)

FOUR TUESDAYS: May 21, 28; June 4, 11
Online, 7-9 PM EDT

Space is filled with both well-known and exotic molecules. These are detected and identified by their specific radio signals. The distribution and kinds of molecules in space are a clue as to how the universe evolved from atomic particles, to atoms and molecules, to protoplanetary discs and dust granules, to stars, to planets and other objects.

This short course will examine radio and molecular spectroscopy, key findings on the composition and evolution of molecular species, and conclusions about past and future chemical events in the cosmos. This is an intermediate-level course which presumes some familiarity with electromagnetic (E/M) waves and spectra.

Topics.

[May 15, Wednesday]-    A separate free preview/review class on the electromagnetic spectrum and radio waves which underlie astrochemistry. See special notice below to register for this separate class. FREE.]

Tuesday classes:

May 21–    Space Smells! Basics of Molecular Spectroscopy, including a review of Radio Telescopes.

May 28–  Chemistry at the beginning of star formation (ISM, diffuse, dense clouds, protostars and disks)

June 4–  Astrochemistry at the end of star formation (evolved stars, supernovae remnants)

June 11–  Future of Astrochemistry: searching for biologically relevant species via ALMA and JWST

Our instructor is Samantha Scibelli, a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her research centers around topics in low-mass star formation, astrochemistry, astrobiology, and radio astronomy. She completed her PhD at the University of Arizona and Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. There she worked on the complex chemistry at the earliest stages of low-mass star formation. Passionate about popular science writing, she also completed a Science Communication Certificate while at the University of Arizona.

REGISTRATION FOR ASTROCHEMISTRY WILL OPEN HERE APRIL 21

Register in Tickets window below.

Members $50/ Non-members $60

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SPECIAL NOTICE: A FREE REVIEW ON ELECTROMAGNETIC (E/M) WAVES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15,  7-9 PM, via Zoom

ASTROCHEMISTRY is an intermediate-level course presuming some familiarity with electromagnetic (light) waves and spectroscopy because space molecules are detected by the radio signals they emit. Radio is the largest portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. For members desiring to review the basics of E/M waves our instructor will present this refresher class about a week before the Astrochemistry classes begin. Afterwards, additional members may decide to sign up for the full course itself, which starts a week later on Tuesday, May 21.

Note: registration for the review class is separate from registration for the Astrochemistry course. This review class is free; the full course has a (reduced) fee.

For more details go to https://aaa.org/event/free-review-on-electromagnetic-waves/.

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Details

Date:
June 11
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
EDT
Cost:
$50 – $60
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