Feb 18, 2019
Feature Guest: Katrin Heitmann
The Astronomy and Space Exploration Society, a student group based at the University of Toronto, hosted its annual signature symposium event on Friday, February 15th, 2019. This year’s theme was “Boom to Bust,”with three keynote speakers covering, in turn, the birth, life and death of the cosmos. Once again The Star Spot was privileged to be on location to cover the event. And now in a special three episode series, we’re joined by each fascinating speaker as we take you from before the beginning into the unimaginably distant future of our universe.
First up, on today’s episode
Professor Katrin Heitmann tells how scientists are using the most
powerful supercomputers on Earth to model the very origin of space
and time, and to predict how events at the birth of the universe
continue to shape its destiny.
Current in Space
Tony reports on the discovery of
the brightest quasar ever seen in the early Universe, although its
perceived brightness may be a trick of a certain phenomenon. Then
Simon shocks with new research suggesting that the volatile
elements essential for life on Earth were deposited during the
apocalyptic planetary collision that formed the Moon. Finally,
Amelia surprises with the finding of a circumbinary disk that
orbits a binary star system not at the equator as expected, but at
About Our Guest
Dr. Katrin Heitmann is a physicist at the United States' Argonne National Lab and a Senior Member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on cosmology and in particular on extreme-scale simulations of the evolution of the universe.