Public lecture on space research in Kagoshima, commemorating IAU Symposium

PUBLISHED Mar 15, 2023

The 20-meter aperture radio telescope at the VERA Iriki Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

A public lecture commemorating the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium will be held on March 25 at Kagoshima University Inamori Kaikan Kimi & Kesa Memorial Hall.

The lecture will coincide with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium, “Space Masers,” to be held in Kagoshima City from March 20 to 24, in which many researchers from overseas will participate. It will be hosted by Kagoshima University and the Amanogawa Galaxy Astronomy Research Center.

A cosmic maser is an intense radiation at microwave frequencies (maser) from space. Kagoshima University has been observing objects emitting cosmic masers with the 20-meter radio telescope at the VERA Iriki Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Because of its extremely high resolution, this telescope has been used for observations in Japan and cooperation with radio telescopes in neighboring countries and with overseas researchers.

At the public lecture, three lecturers will explain the results of research on cosmic maser objects and the Milky Way Galaxy observed with VERA, the aspects of the universe they aim to elucidate in the future, cooperative observations with neighboring countries, and approaches and challenges to international cooperation.

Associate Professor Hiroshi Imai of Kagoshima University’s Center for General Education hopes that the event will be an opportunity to convey the wonder of cosmic masers and the joy of interacting with people from various countries through space research while being in Kagoshima.

The lecture will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The maximum number of participants is 250 on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Image of silicon monoxide maser emission observed around the star WX Piscium