Space Talk: What’s Happening Out There in the Rest of the Universe – Seminar (Premium Course)


June 3, 2020 – 5:30PM – 6:30PM – Zoom Room 1

You think its chaos down here? How about swirling spirals of gas and dust colliding to make alien solar systems around new-born stars. Or two neutron stars the size of Manhattan but with the mass of the Sun, colliding and forming a black hole while burping up 222 trillion times the global GDP’s-worth of gold. Or a (supposedly invisible) black hole with 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun posing for a photograph. Or a thousand galaxies so densely clustered that they warp space into a lens a million light-years across that allows us to see to the edge of space and time. Let’s spend an hour forgetting our quotidian woes to marvel at the remarkable denizens of our Universe.

NOTES: One Day University Members can save $40.00 USD on registration for this seminar by using their Membership code at Checkout.  Zoom meeting information will be sent to all registered attendees 2 hours prior to the beginning of class.

David Helfand / Columbia University David Helfand has been a Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University for 42 years where he served as chair of the Department for nearly half that time. He is also the former President of the American Astronomical Society and of Quest University Canada, and currently serves as Chair of the American Institute of Physics. He has received the Columbia Presidential Teaching Award and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He is the author of the new book, “A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age.”

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