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Villa Park Civic Center

17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park

This is about 2 miles south of the 91 Freeway and just east of the 55 Freeway. From the 55, take the Katella Ave. exit, go east a half mile to Wanda, then left .3 mile (becomes N. Santiago Blvd). Drive into the Ralphs shopping center. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. Plenty of free parking

Coming up…

Sunday, February 24, 2019

4:00 PM

Topic:  Gravitational Waves

Speaker: Tim Thompson

Join us for a presentation on this exciting and cutting-edge area of astronomy. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, caused by catastrophic cosmic events such as supernovae and colliding black holes, that travel at the speed of light. Astronomer Tim Thompson will give us a quick introduction to general relativity and the fundamental physics of gravitational waves. He will describe the instrumentation and observations that have opened up the new realm of gravitational wave astronomy. Finally, he will talk about the implications of the observations of colliding neutron stars and how this relates to the creation of heavy elements in the universe.

Tim Thompson spent more than 25 years of his professional life at JPL/NASA, where he worked on projects that benefitted from his expertise in astronomy, astrophysics, and atmospheric physics. For the past 30 years, he has served as a tour guide and Session Director for the 60-inch telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory.

No charge. Guests are welcome.