On November 23, Tartu observatory celebrates the 125th birth anniversary of Ernst Julius Öpik – the world-famous astronomer and one of the founders of the Estonian astronomy school – with a symposium held at the assembly hall of the main building of the university.
At the symposium, researchers will talk about the most important parts of Öpik’s research legacy, look at his work methods and share personal memories. Students of the Heino Eller Tartu Music College will play some of the music pieces that versatile Öpik has composed.
Öpik was one of the 20 founders of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and has been chosen among the 100 Estonian luminaries of th 20th century. He did most of his research at the current University of Tartu Old Observatory, later at the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland as well. Among many astronomical topics Öpik specialized in the Andromeda Galaxy, the evolution of stars and the Solar System. In his research and predictions, he was often ahead of his time. Öpik was also a talented musician: he composed and played the piano very well.
Since 1997, Tartu Observatory has been awarding successful students in the field of astronomy with the Ernst Julius Öpik Scholarship. This year, University of Tartu PhD student Teet Kuutma was appointed the scholarship
Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1.30–4.30 PM at the Assembly Hall of the University of Tartu Main Building
- Opening words
- Öpik in His Own and in Our Time: a Short Biography and Connection with Nowadays – Laurits Leedjärv
- Mathematical Statistics and the Counting of Meteors – Jaan Pelt
- Öpik’s Thinking Machine – Lea Leppik
- Musical Break
- Energy Sources of the Stars – Tõnu Viik
- Measuring the Distance of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Island Universe Astronomy – Peeter Tenjes
- Musical Break
- Personal Memories – Jaan Einasto
Registration for the event is mandatory. One can register here until November 19.
The event is a part of the programme of the European Space Agency's European Space Talks initiative. You can see all the events held in Estonia at the space talks website by clicking on the subdivision "Estonia".