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September Meeting - Prof Tim Greenshaw

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday, 1st September 2016 at 7:30pm.

Exploring the Non-Thermal Universe: the Cherenkov Telescope Array


Images of the Universe made at different wavelengths and hence temperatures give us information about the current state of the Cosmos and how it evolved. Studying non-thermal radiation with current and future instruments will allow us to understand the most violent events occurring in the Universe and will give us insight into some fascinating problems. For example, the origin of the cosmic rays that bombard the Earth's atmosphere with energies orders of magnitude higher than we are able to produce in the most powerful accelerators, like the LHC, will be revealed, as will perhaps the nature of Dark Matter, the major component of the material in the Universe which so far we have only seen through its gravitational interactions.

This talk will discuss some of the physics that will be made accessible with the Cherenkov Telescope Array, describe the instruments under construction for the Array and present the current status of the project.

Prof Tim Greenshaw

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The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of the Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS)

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of both the
Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS)
and the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS).

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS)