Video transcript of the meeting
While Waiting for Neowise by Dan Posey
Comet Neowise: An Urban Challenge by John McDonald
UVic Astronomy Open House 7:30PM Wednesday
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Bigger, better, faster: how changes in technology drive astronomy data collection by Nat Comeau
Abstract: There are roughly five variables of interest in observational astronomy: where the object was (sky position), what it looked like (spatial resolution), when it was seen (observation time), how bright it was (brightness), and what colour of light it was (spectral resolution). In this talk I’ll give an overview of how enhancements in technology have driven how precisely we can measure these five variables, and how increasing this precision unlocks wonders that were previously invisible to us. From the first naked eye measurements of the planets, to automated networks of telescopes working hand in hand with gravitational wave observatories, I will describe how far we’ve come in astronomy data collection and how much more there is to do.