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Astrophysics/Cosmology SIG

  • 3026 Southeast Berkeley Place Portland, OR, 97202 United States (map)

The purpose of this SIG is to inform, inspire, ask questions and keep up to date on current research and the state of our knowledge of the universe. All RCA members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in discussions on a wide variety of topics related to the formation and development of the universe.  A background or education in astrophysics or cosmology is not required to participate - just an interest in expanding your understanding of the universe observed by astronomers.


We will discuss the latest cosmology/astrophysics news and the following video lectures:

  • Richard Wolfson's Lecture 18: "Wave or Particle?" from Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists
  • Alex Filippenko's Lecture 18 "Scale Models of the Universe" from Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy
  • Mark Whittle's Lecture 2 "Denizens of the Universe" from Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe
  • Questions and Answers to the best of everyone's abilities.

We will also go over the latest cosmology/astrophysics news items since the last meeting. After the video lectures, we will have a discussion, if desired, about what was seen.  If you have any questions about the SIG, a suggested topic or interest in making a presentation for a future meeting, please contact the SIG Coordinator:

Prior Cosmology/Astrophysics news can be found online here.

If you attend, I give away free copies of most of the Science and Nature journal issues that contained the news.  Plus, there are usually cookies and popcorn.

Viktors Berstis: (SIG Coordinator)
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Please chime in in the forums on the discussion about possible future alternate times, day of week and locations for this meeting.


3026 SE Berkeley Place, Portland OR 97202, Google Map 
(The new Orange MAX line stops at about a 10 minute walk away.)