NSN Webinar Series: The 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Eliot Quataert on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM Eastern / 9:00PM Pacific, when he will discuss the latest Decadal Survey released this spring and plans for the next ten years of Solar System exploration, including a mission to Uranus.

An Overview of the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Every decade, the National Academy of Sciences, at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, and NASA,  undertakes a survey of astronomy and astrophysics.   The purpose of the survey is to identify the most exciting science questions for the coming decade and to prioritize which telescopes the federal government should invest in to best address those questions.  Previous decadal surveys have recommended and ultimately led to some of your favorite national  telescopes:  e.g.,  the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Array.     A second goal of the survey is to assess the state of the profession, e.g., the diversity of the field, the balance of funding across large and small projects, and other related topics.   In this talk I will describe the decadal survey process and the major recommendations of the 2020 Decadal Survey.   The scientific opportunities in the coming decade are tremendously exciting and cover topics ranging from the search for life on other planets to studies of collisions of black holes and neutron stars with both gravitational waves and light.    The project recommendations made by the 2020 Decadal survey are likely to shape the major astronomical projects that NSF and NASA undertake in the coming decades. 

About Our Speaker

Dr. Eliot Quataert
 is a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University.   Quataert is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, including stars and black holes, plasma astrophysics, and how galaxies form.  He has received a number of national awards for his research, including the Warner Prize of the AAS, the Packard Fellowship, a Simons Investigator award from the Simons Foundation, and elected membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.   Quataert is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer.

Registration and Additional information for Members:
Night Sky Network members can join live, ask questions, and get up-to-date information about the resource via the Zoom platform. Members may register in advance for this webinar on its Outreach Resource page (member login required).

Public Livestream & Recording (YouTube)
The talk will also be streamed live at the YouTube link below. Please note that questions submitted via the Zoom QA feature will have priority over YouTube chat.
Link: https://youtu.be/RtSXBioM2lk

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The 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Find links to the recording and further resources on its resource page.
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Last Updated: May 20, 2022
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