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LEONARDO 500. “The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata. EF19

  • 03 Oct 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, John T. Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455 (room B50)


  • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for organizational purposes

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“The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata

Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, The University of Minnesota
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (room B50)

Leonardo created artworks that showed knowledge of aerodynamics, optics, physics, astronomy, and mechanical drawings for futuristic technology, including the first premodern telescope. 500 years later the NASA is launching the new James Webb Space Telescope, which will be a huge leap forward for space telescopes.

Prof. Claudia Scarlata will introduce the upcoming observatory
 peering toward the end of the Cosmic Dark Ages.
After a glowing beginning, the Universe went through a phase of darkness that lasted for millions of years. This phase, known as the Dark Ages, ended with the formation of the first stars and galaxies. These objects were very different from the stars and galaxies we see in the Universe today, after its 13.8 billion years of life. Come and learn about the impact that these objects had on the Universe, and what we have learned and will learn in the near future from upcoming facilities such as the new James Web Space Telescope.

Afterwards, if the weather allows, participants will be invited for telescope viewing on the patio.

Dr. Scarlata is  an associate professor in the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Scarlata earned her PhD degree from the University of Padua (Italy), and has been a faculty at the University of Minnesota since 2011, after research experience at Caltech  and ETH-Zurich. Scarlata's research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies, specifically on the role that star-formation plays in galaxies  growth and in the reionization of the Universe. Dr. Scarlata received the UMN College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award for her research.

Co-presented with the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota

This event is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan the event.
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This event is part of


a series of events presented by
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul,
celebrating Leonardo da Vinci
on the 500th anniversary of his death. 

In collaboration with

the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota' s Department of Art History, Institute for Astrophysics, Program in History of Medicine and the Wangensteen Historical Library.

Curated by

Dr. Francesca Bortoletti
University of Minnesota

Also, a big Thank You to Global Minnesota
for supporting our events as part of their Year of Italy (2019-2020)


“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”Carmen C. Bambach
Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
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“The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, The University of Minnesota | MN Institute for Astrophysics 
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The Theater of the Human Body
One-week exhibit curated by Francesca Bortoletti in collaboration with Lois G. Hendrickson and Emily Beck
October 21-25, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, The Wangensteen Historical Library
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“Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”
Live demonstration with master painter Mark Balma
Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:30 – 8:30 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts
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“Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts
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Institute for Astrophysics
Program in History of Medicine

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