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Astrophysics

Three-Week Summer Science Program

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The application is now live for Summer 2021!

If we can run in person, we will. If we need to run remotely, we will. 

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 Since the advent of human life, we have looked to those luminescent points in the night sky with wonder and curiosity. How do we know the distances to various stars and planets? What is dark matter? Why do we need it? Is a black hole a hole? Do pulsars pulse? Venus is hotter than mercury, Sirius is hotter than our Sun – but wait, how do we know that?
 
Explore these astounding questions and much more with our BLI teaching team, which includes physics scholars from Harvard and Princeton!
 
As we traverse the cosmos, it is imperative to understand the laws of physics that allow astronomers and space scientists to grasp the behavior of celestial bodies. This course offers an exciting look into the fundamental physics of the universe and is ideal for teens interested in physics and astronomy.

The first two weeks of this program will take place at Dana Hall and the final week will take place at our Longwood campus.

Students visit an observatory in the Physics of Space one-week summer science program

SUMMER 2021 DATES: 

June 28 – July 16, 2021
Dana Hall/Longwood – Wellesley/Boston, MA

Students do research in the Physics of Space one-week summer science program

Students will learn about and explore SETI signals, using data streaming online to search for radio signals in space that may originate from extraterrestrial intelligence. They will use data streaming in from Pluto from the Bright Horizons project. Cassini, a satellite orbiting Venus, streams data that students can analyze on their own computers. Students will learn about stellar nurseries that create new galaxies. They will explore how wobbling in the light streaming in from distant stars may indicate the existence of orbiting planets. This data will be explored against a backdrop of lectures on astrophysics and a field trip to a local observatory.

Student Comments

‘The program was an amazing experience. My teachers were very knowledgeable and taught me so much. For someone who wants to pursue theoretical astrophysics in the future, I could not have found a better summer program. It only made my love for physics greater, and it was exactly what I was looking for…We were also given the opportunity to see the CFA at Harvard, which was a trip I will never forget. Hopefully I will end up there myself one day!’

‘It was awesome, the teachers are awesome! I also feel privileged that Vincent brought Alex in.’ 

‘I love how knowledgeable our teachers are. They always answered all of our questions and do their best to make sure everyone understands the material.’

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