Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30 EST

DDO Astronomy Night: Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME (ONLINE)

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time


Since the first report of an extragalactic Fast Radio Burst (FRB) detection in 2007, the origins of these bright, short duration bursts of radio waves has been a highly contentious topic. Dr. Cherry Ng will discuss how the recently-commissioned Canadian CHIME radio telescope is helping to solve the mystery of FRB. 

Dr. Cherry Ng is a post-doctoral researcher at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. During her PhD study, she discovered 60 rapidly-spinning neutron stars with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. Her hunting effort continues, now with the Canadian CHIME telescope. She and her team are using CHIME to detect and study “Fast Radio Bursts,” a new astrophysical mystery that involves short bursts of radio waves that have come from far outside our Milky Way galaxy.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required

Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre - David Dunlap Observatory Outreach Committee

Link: https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live