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the origins of the Universe

December 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“the origins of the Universe” is a unique journey that begins in the Atacama Desert in Chile, passes through the laboratories of the United States, and arrives in Antarctica.

Our speaker is Dr. Federico Nati – Experimental Astrophysicist working at University of Milano-Bicocca, in close collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. In this event, Dr. Nati will cover the risky and ambitious missions in Antarctica between 2018 and 2020 to investigate the origins of the stars and the Cosmos.

Moderator of the event is Michele Limon, Systems Engineer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania.

Guest’s Bio:
Federico Nati was born in Rome in 1975. He is an experimental astrophysicist. Since 1999 he designs, builds, and operates the most advanced telescopes for cosmology measurements. The data he collects allow to study of the origins and the evolution of the universe. In 2014 he was site manager at the Atacama Cosmology Telescope for Princeton University, an experiment installed at 5200 meters, on the Andean peaks in Chile. In 2015 he moved to UPenn in Philadelphia, where he worked at the construction of Blast, a balloon-borne telescope that flew in the stratosphere around the South Pole in 2020. He is currently an Assistant Professor University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, where he is also responsible for the Simons Observatory. He wrote the book “L’esperienza del cielo” (The experience of the sky), about his work and missions for the telescopes in Chile and Antarctica.

Notes: The talk will be followed by a Q&A.


This is a Live event
Limited capacity 75 seats
Mask and proof of vaccination required


  • This event is free
  • RSVP required at events@athenaonline.org or calling at 215-925-2688


December 6, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia


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