RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.
7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker
100 Years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity
One hundred years ago, Einstein published his general theory of relativity, essentially a set of equations describing very strong gravitational fields. This set of abstract equations is so complicated that Einstein didn’t think it was possible to solve them! Over the last century we have learned how to solve the equations and how to apply them to many astronomical observations such black holes, gravitational lenses and the Universe. In this talk, we’ll look at some of the cool images of these legacies of Einstein.
About Sharon Morsink:
Sharon Morsink is Vice President of the RASC Edmonton Centre and an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta, where she teaches physics and astronomy courses. She is also involved with astronomy outreach in the Edmonton area and helps run the U of A’s observatory on the roof of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. She conducts research on neutron stars, tiny stars that can spin 600 times each second. When she isn’t doing astronomy, she can be found taking photos of practically anything and everything.