October 17 2019 Meet the Astronomer - Natasha McMann - Tuning into Einstein...

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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive

Brentwood, TN 37027

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Tuning Into Einstein's Universe: Natasha McMann will explain how NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) is searching for gravitational waves using pulsars. This talk is geared to students 7th grade and up to adults of all ages and features audience participation questions and a video about how high schoolers can get involved in the research.

Natasha McMann was born and raised in the mountains of WV. She received a B.A. in Social Science from Bluefield State College in 2008. In 2010, she was hired as a tour guide for the Green Bank Observatory where she fell in love with astronomy. She then attended West Virginia University where she earned a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Astronomy in 2016. Natasha was then accepted into the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-PhD Program earning her Master's in Physics from Fisk in December 2018. She is currently a PhD student in Astrophysics at Vanderbilt studying millisecond pulsar companions and gravitational waves. Natasha is married and has two cats.

Telescope viewings follow when weather permits.

Please note:

  • You do not need to bring a printed ticket; there will be a guest list at the gate.
  • The exhibits on the main floor are handicapped accessible, but the Seyfert telescope on the second floor is only accessible by stairs. There are twenty steps, split by a large landing, leading to the dome. Climbing additional portable steps may be necessary to see through the eyepiece.
  • Notify the gate attendant if you have special parking needs.
  • Closed-toe footwear is suggested.
  • If your plans change and you cannot attend, you may invite someone you know to use your tickets/names for entry.
  • Because this is Vanderbilt University property, firearms and smoking are not allowed.

Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus)

Cost: $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee.) Each person must have their own reservation. Infants do not require tickets.

NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead.

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. THIS IS A CLEAR OR CLOUDY EVENT.

image credit: Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al; Optical: UKIRT; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech



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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive

Brentwood, TN 37027

United States

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