The Boulder Cosmology Group meets at 6PM for DVD lectures on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month and reading discussions on Third Mondays at the Main Library. All meetings are free and open to the public. (Monday discussions are usually in the second-floor Flatirons Room and Wednesday lectures in the first-floor Boulder Creek Room). Dates and locations are subject to change. Changes from the normal pattern are noted below.

See http://www.sackett.net/cosmologyAll.htm for a list of all meetings of the Cosmology Group since it began in 2003.

2020   Second and Fourth Wednesdays: DVD Lectures from Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy” that we began in October, 2019.

We will watch the 30 minute lectures using an “interruptus” format: at any point during the lecture anyone in the group can say stop and ask a question and the rest of the group will attempt to answer the question before proceeding. We will attempt to cover two lectures in each meeting. If we don't have time the next DVD lecture meeting will start with the second lecture (and this schedule will be adjusted).


Expected Schedule with Monday book discussions flagged in bold:

January 8, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 11: Pulsars and Gravity, and 12: Pulsars and the 300-Foot Telescope.

January 13, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 4 (continued (from section 4.4 on)).
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 4: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter4.pdf.

January 22, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 13: The Big Bang: The Oldest Radio Waves, and 14: H II Regions and the Birth of Stars.

February 10, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 5 (the distant multi-wavelength universe).
Note: This ^^^^ discussion is a week earlier than usual because of President's Day.
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 5: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter5.pdf.

February 12, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 15: Supernovas and the Death of Stars, and 16: Radio Stars and Early Interferometers.

February 26, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 17: Radio Source Counts, and 18: Active Galactic Nuclei and the VLA.

March 11, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 19: A Telescope as Big as the Earth, and 20: Galaxies and Their Gas.

March 16, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 6 (black holes).
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 6: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter6.pdf.
Note: This ^^^^ discussion has been postponed. The library is closed until April 19 due to the coronavirus.

March 25, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 21: Interstellar Molecular Clouds, and 22: Star Formation and ALMA (the Atacama Array).
Note: Watch these lectures on Kanopy. Here's the link: https://boulderlibrary.kanopy.com/video/interstellar-molecular-clouds.
When you are done with the first lecture, scroll down to the next. The course guidebook can be found at http://sackett.net/LockmanRadioAstronomy.pdf.

April 8, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Felix J. Lockman's course on “Radio Astronomy”, Lecture 23: Interstellar Chemistry and Life, and 24: The Future of Radio Astronomy.
Note: Watch these lectures on Kanopy. Here's the link: https://boulderlibrary.kanopy.com/video/interstellar-chemistry-and-life.
When you are done with the first lecture, scroll down to the next.The course guidebook can be found at http://sackett.net/LockmanRadioAstronomy.pdf.

April 20, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 6 (black holes).
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 6: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter6.pdf.
Note: This ^^^^ discussion will be done via conference call.

April 22, 2020
DVD Lectures - Professor Professor Joshua Winn's course, “Introduction to Astrophysics”, Lecture 1: Zooming Out to Distant Galaxies, and 2: Zooming In to Fundamental Particles.
Note: Watch these lectures on Kanopy. Here's the link: https://boulderlibrary.kanopy.com/video/zooming-out-distant-galaxies.
When you are done with the first lecture, scroll down to the next. The course guidebook can be found at http://sackett.net/WinnAstrophysicsIntro.pdf.

May 13, 2020
DVD Lectures - TBD.

May 18, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 7 (gravitational lensing).
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 7: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter7.pdf.

June 16, 2020 Book Discussion: Observational Cosmology, by Stephen Serjeant. Chapter 8 (the intervening universe) and Epilogue.
Notes from Dave Peterson on Chapter 8: http://sackett.net/SerjeantNotes4Chapter8.pdf.

For more information, e-mail group leader Jeff Grove: jeff1.grove@gmail.com.

This is http://www.sackett.net/cosmology.htm, last updated March 24, 2020.