Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
7:30 pm; ESS Building, Room 001
Friday, Mar. 7, 2014

Time Domain Astronomy

The discovery of things that go poof, burst on the scene, or just quietly reveal themselves during the night.

Prof. Michal Simon

Every time astronomers have improved their sensitivity to light from the cosmos, or sharpened the quality of images they record, they have discovered a new aspect of the universe.. Advances in instrumentation are now allowing, or will soon allow, astronomers to observe the sky nearly continuously with time sensitivity from a thousandth of a second to, remarkably, a century. I will discuss the instrumentation that make these advances possible, the scientific goals motivating their implementation, and speculate on the unknown unknowns waiting to be discovered.

Emeritus Prof. Simon has been teaching and doing research in Astronomy at Stony Brook for almost 40 years and is one of the faculty members who founded Astronomy Open Night. His current interests include low mass and very young stars and binary systems. He lives with his family in Old Field.