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The Harvard Horizons Symposium: April 22, 2014

The Harvard Horizons Symposium: April 22, 2014

March 27, 2014

Celebrating the Impact of New Ideas and New Discoveries
Please join President Faust, Provost Alan Garber, FAS Dean Mike Smith, and GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences celebrates the power of new ideas — and the talent and innovation of the scholars who are generating them.

The Harvard Horizons Symposium
Featuring short talks by the 2014 Horizon Scholars, eight PhD students whose ideas represent the best new thinking in their disciplines.

Milky Way Has 4 Billion Years to Live -- But Our Sun Will Survive

Milky Way Has 4 Billion Years to Live -- But Our Sun Will Survive

March 24, 2014

"Four billion years from now, our galaxy, the Milky Way, will collide with our large spiraled neighbor, Andromeda.

The galaxies as we know them will not survive.

In fact, our solar system is going to outlive our galaxy. At that point, the sun will not yet be a red giant star – but it will have grown bright enough to roast Earth’s surface. Any life forms still there, though, will be treated to some pretty spectacular cosmic choreography."

A gas cloud collides with the black hole at the center of our galaxy, and we get to watch

A gas cloud collides with the black hole at the center of our galaxy, and we get to watch

March 24, 2014

"The landscape in Chile’s Atacama desert is Martian-like: dry, barren and flanked by volcanoes, and its high altitude and unpolluted skies make it a prime spot for stargazing. It was there, after a full night of such observation — and over a 4 p.m. breakfast — that astronomer Stefan Gillessen found himself in possession of some very special data. His observations showed a cloud of gas being stretched out, or “spaghettified,” about to be ripped apart, as it barreled toward the black hole at the center of our galaxy." 

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