Presenter: Drs. Laura Trouille and Chris Lintott

2019 Fall Kavli Fulldome Lecture

“A Universe of Surprises”
Presented by Drs. Laura Trouille and Chris Lintott

November 2019

Our Universe is full of surprises, from ghost remnants of black hole jets to exotic planets around distant stars to Boyajian’s star, the most mysterious star in our galaxy.

Drs. Chris Lintott and Laura Trouille used these unexpected discoveries to explore what we know—and what we don’t—about our dynamic Universe. They examined how scientists cope with surprises, revealed what it’s like to think you might have found aliens, and explained how you too might make a remarkable discovery from the comfort of your home.

With future telescopes, scanning the sky night after night, set to provide astronomers with a dynamic view of the Universe for the first time, there’s never been a better time to look up at the night sky—and be surprised!

About the Speakers

Dr. Laura Trouille

Laura Trouille is Vice President of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium and a Research Associate at Northwestern University. Together, Chris and Laura lead Zooniverse, the largest online citizen science platform, with 1.8 million participants worldwide.

Dr. Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. He is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience, including as main presenter of the BBC TV series, The Sky At Night.