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Andy Chapman

Lightyears in the Past


Andy Chapman looks in the history of the universe everytime he looks into the night sky. Astrophotography is a hobby for him that combines several of his passions. In this presentation he shares a couple of glimpes into the history of space.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 26, 2013.

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For the Love of Astronomy

@ VOL 9 ON JUN 30, 2012

Neil Ghosh shares his love for astronomy, and takes us on a tour that covers different aspects of the science, tying it to his own personal learning of it. (in English)

We have visited and moon and come back, sent space crafts beyond the edge of solar system which are still sending us signals. We have seen beyond our galaxy through telescopes and even discovered earth like planets in alien solar systems. Human being's quest for celestial outreach has began thousands of years ago and increased dramaically ever since.

This is a small tour of how it typically started with absolutely no scientific background and why does the space thrills people every time we talk about it. The nature has always surprised us beyond our wildest imagination. The scale of numbers and units are literally astronomical.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 15, 2014.

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Bits of Elsewhere

@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He's been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. In his talk, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 9, 2014.

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The Colors of the Sky

@ VOL 20 ON APR 18, 2014

Dr. Günther Hasinger speaks about astronomer's perspective of the sky and earth's atmosphere. He also describes the role of X-ray astronomy in science and in the study of black holes.

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Lights. Light. Decisive moments in photography.

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 06, 2014

Photogtapher Hazera Forth talks though aspects of lighting in photographs of her past and those she has taken herself. Through the reflection of one's self in the photographs, are you able to see things in a new perspective. 

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Auroras in Photography

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Joseph Michael looks at the creation and impact of Auroras through his photography. 

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Moon, a Boy's Wonder

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 10, 2018

Griff Fassett shares his story of how as a boy his fascination with the moon led to his discovery of its mechanisms and how it influences his psyche.

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Beware the Calendar

@ VOL 24 ON MAR 30, 2018

There’s a powerful story being told over and over that influences the way most people experience life here on this planet. It’s so deeply ingrained at this point that the vast majority of folks alive today may never come to question it. In this talk, Giuliana Serena invites us to get curious about how the way we track time influences our experience of it, and how we might learn to connect more fully with nature by attuning ourselves to the cycles of the moon, the sun, and our own bodies.
Slide Descriptions & Attribution:
1) Earth from space, courtesy of NASA
2) Definition of "Time" from American Heritage Dictionary by Giuliana Serena
3) Placenta Print by Giuliana Serena
4) Screenshot of blank iOS calendar
5) Full Moon Through Trees by Giuliana Serena
6) Waxing Gibbous Moon over Atlantic Ocean by Giuliana Serena
7) "Her Lips" by Jen Lewis of Beauty in Blood
8) Venus De Laussel, courtesy of Bordeaux Museum
9) Mayan Calendar, Artist Unknown
10) Calendar Date of Presentation
11) Julius Ceasar & Pope Gregory XIII Illustrations courtesy of Wikipedia, Artists Unknown
12, 13, 14) Various Screenshots of Civil Calendars
15) Distant Galaxies by NASA, Vintage Illustration
16) Compilation of images by Giuliana Serena
17) Earth & Moon from Space by NASA
18, 19, 20) Images by Giuliana Serena
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Lunar Perspective

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 18, 2019

Eloise Maltby Maland initiates a discussion on our relationship to territory, belonging and otherness in her fascinating work. From the Lunar House to the Moon and back on Earth, she uses notions of space travel and satellite images to question the way we map, control and understand the space around us.

"Notions of space travel transport us away to look back and see the Earth from a new perspective. Looking up to the skies in order to return the gaze on ourselves, to understand and question the Earth, evoking ideas of territory and wonder."

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Astronomy with Emily Freeland

@ VOL 66 ON JUN 12, 2019

The astronomer Emily Freeland gives her second PechaKucha and it is just as mind-blowing as the previous one!