Universe @ Home
A virtual series hosted on YouTube Live
Frequently Asked Questions
When are these events?
Fall semester events will take place on some Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM (see schedule below), starting October 5th and go through December 14th.
What does a typical event look like?
Usually, two or three presenters will begin streaming on YouTube Live at 7:00 PM. There is a live chat on YouTube available for the audience to leave comments or questions, which we will answer live throughout the event. To see an example of a past event, you can view our trial event.
How do I join?
You can join using the YouTube Live link posted with each event.
I missed an event live! Can I still tune in?
Yes! All past events are available on our Universe @ Home channel.
Upcoming Events: Fall 2021
Events for Spring 2022 TBD
Tuesday, December 14th
Presenters: Derek Perera & Mason Huberty
What are irregular galaxies and why are they important to astronomy? In this presentation, we will discuss the fascinating science of irregular galaxies and why we should pay more attention to them!
Tuesday, November 30th
Presenters: Lindsey Gordon & Emma Martin
In this event, we will give an overview of exoplanets and the current census of their discoveries. We will also talk about the transit and radial velocity methods of detection of exoplanets.
Tuesday, November 16th
Presenters: Sarah Taft and Cristine Andrade
Like Earth, many planets in our solar system have moons, from Mars all the way out to Neptune. In this event, we will explore these moons, discussing their many interesting characteristics, including their formation, atmospheres, and potential to host life.
Tuesday, October 12
The Death of Stars
Presenters: Derek Perera and Tyler Barna
Supernovae, violent explosions that occur at the end of stars' lives, are some of the most energetic, transient processes in our universe. Despite being such important events, they are still not completely understood. We will explore the two main types of explosions in this event.
Tuesday, October 5
The Drake Equation and Extraterrestrial Life
Presenters: Sarah Taft and John Miller
We will start this semester's Universe @ Home events by talking about the Drake equation, a famous method used to analyze and estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations that could exist in the Milky Way Galaxy. Aspects of this equation include star formation, stars that host planets, and what planetary conditions are necessary to host life.