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Meet The Astronomer: Dr. Andreas Berlind “What Is Dark Matter and Why Do We Care About It?”  Friday June 3 at 7pm

If you go to the NASA Science Astrophysics site, their explanation of dark matter beings with, “We are much more certain what dark matter is not, rather than what it is.” Dr. Berlind will discuss what is actually known now, the challenges of researching dark matter, and what we hope to learn from new and future discoveries.

After the talk and question-answer session, there will be viewing at the Seyfert Telescope (weather-permitting).

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More about Dr. Berlind:

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies, Astrophysics

Dr. Berlind’s research is mainly focused on understanding the relation between the galaxy and dark matter spatial distributions (also known as the “bias” between galaxies and mass). He approaches this problem from both the observational and the theoretical sides. On the observational side, Dr. Berlind works on empirically constraining the bias using measurements of galaxy clustering from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) as well as other galaxy surveys. On the theoretical side, he studies what we can learn about the physics of galaxy formation from these constraints.

Dr. Berlind received his undergraduate degree in Astrophysical Sciences, cum laude, from Princeton University. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Astronomy from The Ohio State University.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-astronomer-dr-andreas-berlind-what-is-dark-matter-and-why-do-we-care-about-it-tickets-25721037315

Open House Days & Telescope Nights

Tickets are available 30 days before each event. Please note that these events sell out quickly, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. There are no Open House or Telescope Night dates in the months of December, January or February, for Dyer Observatory is closed. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for tickets and more information.

Summer Camp Registration is now Open

The focus of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s camp is astronomy and space science. Campers learn about how scientists discover the secrets of the universe, from exotic black holes to the nature of light. During the week, campers are engaged in exciting hands-on educational science activities: launching rockets, working with and building electronics, experimenting with lasers, and working with telescopes. The camp curriculum has been created by an expert team of astronomy professors, space scientists, and area science teachers.

Camp for rising 5th and 6th Graders: June 13-17 – FULL – waitlist available

Camp for rising 7th and 8th Graders: June 20-24 – ONE SPOT available

Please contact a.rockafellar@vanderbilt.edu or phone (615) 373-4897 to be sure a spot is still available, before sending in your application.

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