Radio astronomy began by accident. Since the 1930s, when American physicist Karl Jansky inadvertently stumbled upon a radio hiss coming from the center of the Milky Way, radio light has revealed a universe full of surprises: black holes billions of light-years away, rapidly spinning neutron stars, and remnant light from the primordial universe—to name a few. Matthews will recount the origins and history of radio astronomy, its current puzzles, and future promises.

Allison Matthews

Speaker Bio

Dr. Allison Matthews is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Science Observatories. She combines radio observations of galaxies with optical and infrared imaging and spectroscopy to understand when–and over what time–most of the stars in our universe formed.