ASTRONOMY CRASH COURSE FOR AC2018

Dear all,

Good news! We are opening up Astronomy Crash Course (happening on Day 0, 1st June 2018) to the astronomy clubs all over Singapore! Feel free to bring your club along to attend lectures conducted by astronomy lecturers from the NUS Physics Department! We have also attached the relevant poster to this email for your reference. The following are the abstracts for the lectures that is going to be held on the day itself:

Cosmology – Dr Cindy Ng (1230 – 1330)

Abstract: Cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe. In physics, we study the universe through conducting astronomical observations of the universe’s large-scale structures and dynamics, and developing theories to construct viable cosmological models. This lecture provides an introduction to the Big Bang theory, which is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe. The history and development of the theory will be covered, and some outstanding problems will be discussed.

The Scientific Process in Astronomy – Prof Phil Chan (1345 – 1445)

Abstract: Science sounds so exact but what exactly is Science? Carl Sagan once mentioned that “Science is more than a body of knowledge[1]. It is a way of thinking by humans, a way of skeptically interrogating the Universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility”.[2] Science is indeed a process whereby we arrive at a certain conclusion based on a theoretical framework through the use of the language of mathematics.

[1] we do not distinguish epistemic (invisible) and ontological (visible) knowledge.
[2] “If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.”

The Lifecycle of Stars – Dr Abel Yang (1500 – 1600)

Abstract: We will start from interstellar gas leading into star formation, and build up a star. Then we will look at the physics of a single star before discussing the end stages of a star’s life.

Do encourage your fellow astronomy club members to sign up via the link below:
https://goo.gl/forms/jIcqpcvWvo2j0Fh23

Should you have indicated a lower attendance for Day 0 in the registration form for AstroChallenge 2018, but wish to increase the attendance for Day 0, do send an email to astrochallenge@gmail.com with the expected attendance for your teams on Day 0.

If you have any queries with regards to the Astronomy Crash Course above or AstroChallenge 2018 itself, kindly direct them to astrochallenge@gmail.com and we will respond to you as soon as we can. Furthermore, do keep a lookout on our facebook page for more updates on information pertaining to AC2018.

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AstroChallenge 2018

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