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Ross and Sue Benitez Space Exploration Forum 2019

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20 Years of Science with Chandra

X-ray vision of the universe

Spanos Theatre, Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 805-756-2448

Since 1999, NASA’s Great Observatory the Chandra X-ray Observatory has provided pristine X-ray vision of the otherwise invisible high-energy Universe. Now in its 20th year of operation, Chandra continues to have great impact in the astrophysical community. Rodolfo Montez Jr., an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will give a broad overview of the scientific contributions enabled by Chandra — from objects in our own solar system to those at the farthest reaches of the Universe.


About Rodolfo Montez Jr.

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Rodolfo Montez Jr. is an astrophysicist in the Chandra X-ray Center located at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. In 2010, Montez received the first doctorate awarded by the Rochester Institute of Technology Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program.

He went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University before starting at the Center for Astrophysics in 2016. At the CfA, Montez is a scientist in the Chandra Director’s Office where he performs executive duties for the observatory while maintaining a research program on the fate of sun-like stars.

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