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Tycho’s data

By Paolo Rossi, theoretical physicist and science historian   For many centuries astronomy has been the science which most acquired and used huge amounts of data. A good example of the extraordinary results obtained with this practice is the discovery of Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, starting from the observations performed by the Danish Tyge Ottesen Brahe (1546-1601). Of noble birth, Brahe soon showed a strong interest in astronomy. However, both for the eclipse of 1560, and for the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn of 1563, he noticed the lack of precision in the predictions based on the data available at this time. Therefore, he devoted himself to improving them substantially, realizing the large observatory of Uraniborg. The results collected in thirty years’ time allowed him to debunk the immutability of the celestial world, by demonstrating the supernova of 1572 and the comet of 1577 must have been very far from the Earth, since their position in the celestial sphere did not change during the day and so they were external to the sublunary world, unlike what argued by astronomers and philosophers. The precision of Tycho’s observations (the Latin name used by Brahe) exceeded of an order of magnitude all the previous results, reducing the error to one arcminute, which was the best you could get with the naked eye. Against the Copernican hypothesis of a moving Earth, Tycho tried to fit the data with his own prejudice formulating a model in which the Sun rotates around the Earth, but the ...

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Stages estivi e residenziali 2016

The XVII edition of the 2016 Stages Estivi e Residenziali is approaching fast. They’ll be back this year with three different programs addressed to high school students from all over Italy. The 132 students will have a chance to get hands-on training in the different management and research fields at LNF, alongside the actual experts. For more information about our Stages visit our website: http://edu.lnf.infn.it/stages-estivi-residenziali-2016/

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#WIRE16 5 minuti per la tua idea!

C’è tempo fino al 29 maggio per compilare l’iscrizione sul sito web di Frascati Scienza e proporre la propria idea per WIRE16 – Workshop Impresa, Ricerca ed Economia. Il workshop si propone di riunire imprenditori, ricercatori e finanziatori per discutere di ricerca, innovazioni nel campo del design, tecnologia e informatica, idee per creare infrastrutture, laboratori e opportunità di lavoro per i giovani.

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The SETI Project

“Spring School Colloquium” dei Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati – INFN: The SETI Project. Explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the Universe Martedì 10 Maggio 2016, ore 18.00 Via E. Fermi 40 – Frascati (RM) Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI research)

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OpenLabs 2016: Studenti in staff

Getting ready for the 2016 OpenLabs, the LNF Staff welcomes 110 new membres: the Studenti in Staff participants, coming from several schools of the area that established an Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro agreement with the Laboratory.

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XVIII Spring School

The XVIII Spring School of the Frascati National Laboratories will be held this year from Monday, May 9th to Friday, May 13th. The program includes six sets of theoretical/experimental lectures on Dark Matter (A. Ibarra/M. Schumann), Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (W. Rodejohann/S. Schönert), Searches for New Particles at the LHC (T. Plehn/O. Buchmueller) and the Spring School Colloquium “The SETI Project – Explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the Universe” delivered by the Director of the Center for SETI research, Professor Seth Shostak.

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Macchine per scoprire

Conferenza pubblica: Macchine per scoprire – dal Bosone di Higgs alla Nuova Fisica 14 aprile – ore 21:00 AUDITORIUM Parco della Musica In occasione di FCC Week 2016, INFN e CERN collaborano per fornire ai ricercatori italiani un’importante occasione di raccontare le ricerche in corso al gigantesco acceleratore di particelle LHC e le sfide che si prospettano per la fisica, in questo momento costellato da importanti scoperte. Un confronto a più voci in cui si parlerà anche dell’impatto di tecnologie e infrastrutture sull’economia e sulla società.

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