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Gravity Waves, Stargazing Topics of Presentation at UW Research Center July 28

July 21, 2016
man with backpack on a mountainside with peaks in the background
UW Professor Danny Dale will discuss Einstein’s theory of relativity Thursday, July 28, as part of the Harlow Summer Seminars at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Center at the AMK Ranch. (JD Smith Photo)

Two programs are scheduled for the Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, July 28, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Danny Dale, UW Department of Physics and Astronomy professor and department head, will discuss “Gravity Waves 100 years after Einstein” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

The second presentation will be “Stargazing with Hannah Clemmons” from 8-11 p.m. Jackson-based Wyoming Stargazing sponsors the event. For more information about the association, visit www.wyomingstargazing.org/.

In his talk, Dale will discuss Einstein’s 100-year-old theory of relativity.

“Like any good theory, it provided many testable predictions,” Dale says. “These predictions included gravity waves -- ripples in the curvature of space-time generated when massive objects move.”

Dale’s presentation will provide an overview of Einstein's predictions and the recent experimental confirmation of gravity waves.

An astronomer, Dale specializes in using ultraviolet, optical and infrared light to study star formation and dust within nearby galaxies. His favorite outdoor activity is backpacking in the wilds of Wyoming.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

For more information about the Harlow Summer Seminars, contact Michael Dillon at (307) 543-2463 or Michael.Dillon@uwyo.edu.


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