University Forum - Seeing the Invisible in Space


Feb. 26, 2018, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location



The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents "Seeing the Invisible in Space: Non-Optical Measurements in Astronomy" a talk by Paul La Plante, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania.

This presentation explores two contemporary telescopes that observe the cosmos without using optical light. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, detects gravitational waves emitted by black holes and neutron stars. The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) is a telescope that measures a radio signal emitted by gas between galaxies. Both instruments represent unique ways to complement optical observations and broaden our understanding of our place in the Universe.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts

External Sponsor

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Liberal Arts' Dean's Leadership Board, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.