Café KITP is an evening event held at SOhO Restaurant (1221 State Street) every two months or so. It is a "physics café" which starts with a presentation by a speaker (a physicist) and is followed by questions and provocations facilitated by an interlocutor who inspires the audience to engage with the subject and the speaker. Food and drink are available and there is no cover charge.Our motto: "Eat, THINK, and be merry!"
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Is There a Galactic Fog?Mike McCourt
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Astronomers have recently discovered that even the darkest, most desolate reaches of galaxies are full of gas clouds. These clouds challenge our understanding of how galaxies form. However, Mike McCourt, a KITP astrophysicist, will show that you can understand them just by sitting on the beach and watching the fog roll in. Though fog is made of air and water, it behaves very differently from either one of those alone. Could galaxies be filled with the cosmic analog of fog? Come find out as McCourt clues us in over dinner and drinks.