Astronomy Filled June

 

Dear friends of NUSAS

We are approaching an event filled month of June, this update includes all relevant information should you be keen to join us at any of our events!

1. AstroChallenge 2018 1st – 9th June
AstroChallenge is the largest Astronomy-based competition in Singapore organised by NUSAS and NTUAS.Inaugurated in 2002, AstroChallenge aims to broaden student interest and knowledge in astronomy; and to strengthen inter-school ties through their common interests. Students will tackle rigorous questions covering both theoretical and practical astronomy.

2. Astronomy Crash Course Series, 1st June 2018
The Crash Course is a series of three lectures that will serve as a lead in to AstroChallenge 2018. The topics of the lectures include Cosmology, the Scientific Process in Astronomy and the Lifecycle of Stars.
Abstracts for the talks can be found here http://www.nusas.org/portal2/2018/05/crash-course-astronomy-series/
The talks are open to all, you may register here: https://goo.gl/forms/jIcqpcvWvo2j0Fh23
If you choose to come with friends/astrosoc, do indicate on the google form.

3. AstroChallenge 2018 Exposure Event
NUS and NTU students are invited to join us in judging the AstroChallenge 2018 project round. In this round, participants are tasked to create a video to explain an Astronomy concept in ELI5 terms (explain like I am 5). We will be ordering pizza for lunch! (First come first serve basis only). Register your interest here: https://goo.gl/forms/uUXZkZeI3nSyy5nq1

4. Stargazing @ White Sands + More 16th-30th June
This White Sands (the Shopping Mall) is collaborating with NUSAS to organise an Astronomy-themed family event! Drop by to check out the many events they have planned!
NUSAS exco members will be sharing on various Astronomy topics at Pasir Ris Public Library on 16th and 23rd June.
There will also be stargazing sessions on 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th June, if you would like to interact with the NUSAS exco, we will be there on 16th and 23rd June (again)
More information is available here:
http://www.whitesands.com.sg/whats-on/stargazing-at-white-sands/
http://www.whitesands.com.sg/whats-on/astronomy-talks-and-workshops/

Crash Course Astronomy Series

Hi all, every year NUSAS (in collaboration with NTUAS) organises Astrochallenge. An Astronomy competition for Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Polytechnics.

This year, in conjunction with Astrochallenge, we have organised a crash course series on Astronomy and related subjects that is open to public.

If you plan to come down with friends, your astronomy club or just by yourself, do indicate on the form below

Google form link: https://goo.gl/forms/jIcqpcvWvo2j0Fh23

The abstracts of the talks are as follows:
Cosmology – Dr Cindy Ng (1230 – 1330)

Abstract: Cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe. In physics, we study the universe through conducting astronomical observations of the universe’s large-scale structures and dynamics, and developing theories to construct viable cosmological models. This lecture provides an introduction to the Big Bang theory, which is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe. The history and development of the theory will be covered, and some outstanding problems will be discussed.

The Scientific Process in Astronomy – Prof Phil Chan (1345 – 1445)

Abstract: Science sounds so exact but what exactly is Science? Carl Sagan once mentioned that “Science is more than a body of knowledge[1]. It is a way of thinking by humans, a way of skeptically interrogating the Universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility”.[2] Science is indeed a process whereby we arrive at a certain conclusion based on a theoretical framework through the use of the language of mathematics.

[1] we do not distinguish epistemic (invisible) and ontological (visible) knowledge.
[2] “If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.”

The Lifecycle of Stars
– Dr Abel Yang (1500 – 1600)

Abstract: We will start from interstellar gas leading into star formation, and build up a star. Then we will look at the physics of a single star before discussing the end stages of a star’s life.