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Sunday, April 16 2023 3:00 PM 5:00 PM EDT

Advance ticket sales have ended but plenty of additional tickets remain available at the door.

Profs and Pints Richmond presents: “New Views of the Universe,” a look at the previously unseen realms and phenomena revealed by space telescopes, with Jack Singal, associate professor of physics at the University of Richmond and former researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Stanford University.

The images recently produced by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have reignited interest in the frontiers of astronomy.  But its voyage is just the latest in a series of remarkable space telescope missions, dating back almost to the dawn of the space age, that have revolutionized our understanding of the universe and what happens in it.

Come to the debut of Profs and Pints at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for a fascinating look at how telescopes that see forms of light invisible to our eyes are showing us distant galaxies and amazing phenomena that we never knew existed before, and even letting us see things as they were far back in time.

Your guide on this journey, Dr. Jack Singal, is an astrophysicist whose career has involved studying the universe in all different kinds of light, including radio waves, microwaves, ultraviolet light, X-rays, and gamma rays. He gave a fantastic Profs and Pints talk last September.

In a new talk that that pairs perfectly with the museum’s exhibition on the Apollo missions, Professor Singal will discuss the history of space telescope missions, and how these instruments’ ability to detect different forms of light has yielded revelations that changed our views of the universe and our place in it.

If you’ve ever wondered how we know, for example, that the universe is full of mysterious dark matter, or how we can see what things were like 14 billion years ago, then this talk will provide some answers.

Tickets to the talk include complimentary April 16th access to the museum’s galleries before or after the talk to see the Apollo exhibition. You’ll walk out after the talk and look up at the night sky with a bigger sense of wonder. (Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later.)

Image: “Pillars of Creation,” an infrared image of a star-forming region captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo by NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI / Creative Commons.)