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Registration is required for this free, virtual event. Go to:
https://bit.ly/CondorTalk

 

Hamptons
Observatory and co-host, Amagansett Library, are honored to present a
free, virtual lecture by eminent astronomer, Professor Kenneth M.
Lanzetta.

 

A new type of astronomical telescope—built by
an international team of students and researchers–has attracted
significant scientific and popular attention. The Condor Array
Telescope is an “array telescope” that is made up of six
off-the-shelf refracting telescopes coupled with six off-the-shelf
large-format CMOS camera all mounted onto a common mount. The
telescope was deployed to a very dark site near Animas, New Mexico in
the spring of 2021 and was commissioned and calibrated over the
course of the summer and autumn of 2021. The telescope has been in
operation ever since, autonomously collecting observations every
clear night.
The research objectives of
the project include studying (1) the low-surface-brightness outer
regions of the Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, and
other nearby and distant galaxies, (2) transiting planets,
gravitational microlensing events, and stars at a very rapid
cadence, and (3) the faint and extended ejecta of explosive
and massive stars. In this presentation, Prof. Lanzetta will discuss
the project, the search for Earth-like planets, and describe the
observations that Condor
has obtained
over its first 18 months of operation.

 

Kenneth
M. Lanzetta
obtained a BA in Physics from the University of
Pennsylvania and a PhD in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh.
He subsequently held a two year postdoctoral appointment at the
Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge in England,
then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher and Hubble Fellow
at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences of the University
of California, San Diego. In 1994, he became an assistant professor
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University,
was promoted to associate professor in 1997, and to professor in
2001. His research interests involve
extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including issues of galaxy
formation and evolution, quasar absorption lines, evolution of the
intergalactic medium, detection and identification of faint,
high-redshift galaxies, and development and application of optimal
image processing techniques utilizing large-scale scientific
computing facilities.

Hamptons
Observatory extends its deepest thanks to Prof. Lanzetta for
generously taking the time to share his expertise, and to co-host
Amagansett Library for its kind collaboration.

 

Hamptons
Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public
support, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to foster
interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational
programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and
other events are held, often in collaboration with other nonprofit
organizations. HO has established the first astronomical observatory
on the South Fork of Long Island (in East Hampton), complete with
Long Island’s largest research-grade telescope. Hamptons
Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge (although
donations are greatly appreciated) so that everyone can learn about
and enjoy the universe around them. To join our email list for news
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