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2019 Fall Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series: A Universe of Surprises

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – $10
Our Universe is full of surprises, from ghost remnants of black hole jets to exotic planets around distant stars to Boyajian’s star, the most mysterious star in our galaxy. Drs. Chris Lintott and Laura Trouille will use these unexpected discoveries to explore what we know—and what we don’t—about our dynamic Universe. They’ll examine how scientists cope with surprises, reveal what it’s like to think you might have found aliens, and explain how you too might make a remarkable discovery from the comfort of your home. With future telescopes, scanning the sky night after night, set to provide astronomers with a dynamic view of the Universe for the first time, there’s never been a better time to look up at the night sky—and be surprised!

Join us for C2ST’s FIRST EVER VIRTUAL REALITY program! C2ST will serve as a satellite lecture host at Dark Matter Coffee’s Lab as we watch Adler Planetarium’s Kavli lecture on Youtube 360 using Google Glasses and your personal phone!

Personal smartphone with ability to access the internet required for each participant.

We recommend downloading the YouTube App and the Google Cardboard App ahead of time for best viewing.

Additionally, guests should bring headphones/earbuds to plug into their phone so they can hear the lecture better.


Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who runs the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti, and was previously the founding Director of Citizen Science at the Adler. An accomplished speaker and writer, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long-running “Sky at Night” television program. His book ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’ is published in Fall 2019.
Laura Trouille, PhD, has been leading the Adler’s Citizen Science efforts since June 2015. Before that time she held a dual postdoctoral position at Northwestern University and at the Adler, as an observational astronomer (examining supermassive black holes) and a science-education researcher (on the impact of lesson plans incorporating computational thinking into K-12 STEM education). She earned a Bachelors’ Degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and holds a doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Event Details:

This program is FREE to attend. Seating and Google Glasses to facilitate the Virtual Reality experience will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Chicago Council on Science and Technology
312 567-5835


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734 N. Western Avenue
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