UofT AstroTour: Exploring the Magnetic Universe

Exploring the Magnetic Universe
Image © Left: ESA/AOES Medialab, Center: NASA/Corbis, Right: A. Fletcher et al, MNRAS, 2011
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Magnetism is one of the fundamental forces of nature and shows up in many places in our daily lives, but it’s not something that most people associate with astronomy. Yet the entire universe is filled with magnetic fields on all scales: from planets to stars to galaxies to galaxy clusters and beyond. In this talk we will take a look at the magnetic universe: the nature of magnetism, the causes of magnetism in astronomical objects, how we detect magnetism in distant places, and how magnetic fields affect our understanding of astrophysics.

Dr. Cameron Van Eck is a research associate at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. He completed his PhD at Radboud University in the Netherlands in 2017. His research focuses on the study of magnetic fields in the Milky Way and other galaxies, through the use of radio astronomy data. Outside of work he enjoys all things nerdy: Dungeons & Dragons, computer games, sci-fi novels, and more.

After the talk, join us for telescope observing (weather dependent), and other astronomy activities!

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: U of T Graduate Astronomy Students Association. AstroTours are generously supported by the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
Location: University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Laboratories, Room 202, 60 St. George St, Toronto