The Invisible Universe

The Invisible Universe

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Custer Observatory

1115 Main Bayview Rd.

Southold, NY 11971

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Discover the mysteries of our universe in this outdoor presentation!

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A large portion of the universe cannot be seen by the human eye, or even with very large optical telescopes. But radio and gravity waves can be detected, helping us unravel the mysteries of space and time.

We are now exploring the universe in wavelengths well beyond the human eye and the latest non-visible schemes, using gravity waves as predicted by Albert Einstein. Only recently, have these predictions made by Einstein been proven to be true. See what we now have come to learn about our invisible universe!

The presenter, Steven Bellavia, is currently the principal mechanical engineer for the camera on the Vera Rubin telescope (formerly called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, LSST) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he has worked since 1992. Prior to that, Steve was doing research and engineering for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. As an aerospace engineer for Grumman Aerospace with the Thermodynamics Group of the Space Division he played a key role in developing a nuclear rocket engine and with the design, fabrication, and analysis of a micro-gravity liquid droplet radiator that flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-029.

Steve has been recognized for the discovery of the Clair Obscure effect "Lunar L", which is described in the December 2018 issue of Astronomy magazine. He is also an assistant adjunct professor of astronomy and physics at Suffolk County Community College and the Astronomy Education and Outreach Coordinator at Custer Institute and Observatory.

Following the presentation, Observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through the many telescopes on site, including the apochromatic Zerochromat telescope in our historic observation dome.

$5 Adult, $3 Children Under 16, Observatory Members FREE. Your donations make it possible to offer programs like these and are greatly appreciated. Due to limited space, registration is strongly encouraged.

A rain date for this outdoor program is scheduled for August 20 at 8:30pm. Please bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor presentation.

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