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Associates' Event: Astronomy: Principles of Observing

Note: This event has already started.

Event Details

Start date of event: 22nd of Feb, 2018 at 18:00
End date of event: 22nd of Feb, 2018 at 20:00
Venue: Cleopatra Hotel

Description

The  IET Cyprus Network is organising a Presentation entitled

Astronomy: Principles of Observing 

By Dr Stelios Tsangarides


On
Thursday 22nd of February 2018 6:00pm
(Registration 5:30pm - 6:00pm)
Venue: Cleopatra Hotel, Nicosia

 
Free Entrance.
For Registration please contact Ms Chara Andreou
by email: ietcyprus@theiet.org
or by phone: at 99418342.


 

Abstract:

Everything we know about the universe is through the observation of waves, visible radiation for the first few tens of thousands of years of our civilization, the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum in the past century or so, and gravitational waves for the past couple of years. This talk will examine the factors in making astronomical observations possible, and their evolution from the time of ancient Greece to the recent detection of gravitational waves. Specifically, we will discuss the collection of waves, their analysis and their detection, including how to optimize each observation to the 'family' of waves it aims to use, the environmental factors affecting these observational ventures and technological factors improving or deteriorating them. We will illustrate the importance of optimal planning with examples of ground-breaking observations. Finally, we will consider astronomy in Cyprus, focusing on the effects of environmental conditions and human technology on it.
 

Speaker:

Dr Stelios Tsangarides studied Astrophysics at Michigan State University. For his B.Sc., he was awarded the partial CASP-Fulbright scholarship jointly from the Cyprus and US governments. He graduated in May 2001 with a B.Sc. in Astrophysics and grade point average of 4.0 (perfect score). Dr Stelios Tsangarides’ Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Abundances and kinematics of carbon-enhanced, metal-poor stars” was awarded from the OU in August 2005.
Ever since his return to Cyprus in September 2005, he has been a Physics teacher at The G C School of Careers. He was promoted to the position of Head of Physics in September 2009 and has been in this position since. Dr Stelios Tsangarides joined the Cyprus Astronomical Society in 2010, and preparing, under its auspices, a proposal for the building of a world-class stellar telescope in Amiantos.