Stargazing is typically reserved for after sundown, but what if you want to look at the biggest star in the sky? On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus was visible by day – traveling in front of the sun! This is called the Transit of Venus, and is a rare astronomical event. A few hundred people gathered at the UK Arboretum to view the transit of Venus through special telescopes that allow safe observation of solar activity.
At UK, the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies Group is a team of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, who use the University's Dell Cluster supercomputer to predict and simulate the galactic mechanics of the early universe.
Tim Knauer is a professor for the department of Physics and Astronomy, and the director of the MacAdam Student Observatory. Each month, he hosts the Kentucky SkyTalks, an ongoing series of discussions on the science of life and the universe.
This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.