A Picture in 1000 Words

Ever wonder what’s going on in those beautiful pictures you see on the news from space? In this new series, we’ll be breaking down the some of the most iconic images and visualizations of the cosmos, giving you the inside scoop of what it means and some stories behind the pictures. Join us at 4PM EST every Friday for new episodes in the series!

All talks will be streamed live on the Dunlap Institute YouTube channel and archived below for future viewing.

Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang

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August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Dr. John Percy Misconceptions are deeply-held beliefs which are incorrect.  People have misconceptions about the most basic of astronomical topics, such as the cause of the seasons.  In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, we will gently correct these “heavenly...

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All past episodes will be archived here fir future viewing!

 

The Orion Nebula 

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

April 17th, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Ever wonder what’s going on in those beautiful pictures you see on the news from space? In this new series, we’ll be breaking down the some of the most iconic images and visualizations of the cosmos, giving you the inside scoop of what it means and some stories behind the pictures. We’ll be kicking the series off with a dive into the Orion Nebula.

 

The Remnant of Supernova 1006

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

April 24th, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

Ever wonder what’s going on in those beautiful pictures you see on the news from space? In this new series, we’ll be breaking down the some of the most iconic images and visualizations of the cosmos, giving you the inside scoop of what it means and some stories behind the pictures. In this episode, we’ll be examining the Remnant of Supernova 1006

 

Hubble’s Cosmos Relief

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

May 1st, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

In this episode of A Picture in 1000 words, we’re leaving our galaxy to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th anniversary. We’ll be taking a look a special image released for this occasion called the Cosmic Reef, and dive into this energetic region. Join us live on YouTube at 4 PM Eastern, or catch the episode on the Dunlap YouTube channel this weekend!

 

The Whirlpool Galaxy

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

May 8th, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

In this episode of A Picture in 1000 words, we’re heading to one of our most photogenic galactic neighbours, the Whirlpool Galaxy. We’ll be taking a look at a classic Hubble Space Telescope picture with a bit of a twist! Join us as we go around the bend!

 

The Dance of the Exoplanets

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

May 15th, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

In this episode of A Picture in 1000 words, we’re headed to worlds beyond our own! Our mission will be to witness the dance of the Exoplanets around HR8799. Be sure to bring your shades as we get up close and personal with some nearby planets!

 

 

The Ring Nebula

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of June 8th, 2020

In this episode of A Picture in 1000 words, we’re headed to the Mona Lisa of nebulas. The Ring Nebula is a gorgeous glowing doughnut in space that unlocks the key to where the elements that make up most of what’s around us have come from. Come catch it before it fades away!

 

The Twisted Disc of AB Aurigae

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of June 15th, 2020

How the planets formed remains one of the great mysteries of the Universe. It seems to have happened quickly, and scientists have been having a hard time figuring out the physics to make it work. The twisted disk around the star AB Aurigae may help us piece together this puzzle. The image, taken by the Very Large Telescope from the European Southern Observatory helps us catch the moments where this is happening. In this episode, I dig into the stories behind this image at the cutting edge of science.

 

The Horseshoe Einstein Ring

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of June 22nd, 2020

The universe can be weird, like how light can be bent by gravity. To catch this, you need to be really lucky, and have two galaxies align almost perfectly. In this case, having a lucky horseshoe doesn’t hurt. Join us as we discover the stories behind this near-perfect example of gravitational lensing in this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

The X-Ray Sky

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of June 29th, 2020

If you look at the world with a different lens, you can be surprised at what mysteries and wonders you can find. Bring a map as we go on a treasure hunt in X-rays! Join us as we discover the stories behind this most sensitive image of the whole X-ray sky taken by the eROSITA Space Telescope.

 

 

 

The Butterfly Nebula 

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of July 6th, 2020

If a butterfly flaps its wings in space, what happens? This cosmic butterfly marks the end of the life of a star, but with a bit of a twist. Join us as we discover the stories behind this gorgeous image of the Butterfly Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

 

Comet NEOWISE

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of July 13th

It’s a bird! it’s a plane! No, it’s Comet NEOWISE! Coming from the mysterious outer solar system, this comet is putting on a show like none that we’ve seen in two decades. Join us as we discover the stories behind this gorgeous image of the comet as it lights up the sky.

 

The Bullet Cluster

Dr. Mubdi Rahman

Week of July 20th

Sometimes a single image can change your whole view of the Universe. This image of the Bullet Cluster does exactly that. Join us as explore tales of Dark Matter from a stellar partnership between the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Telescope