The Department of Physics St. Xavier’s College Mapusa, organized a Guest lecture on the topic “ From Deep Oceans to the Distant Universe” for the F.Y. B.Sc and T.Y. B.Sc (Physics and Electronics) students on 30th June 2018 at 9: 30 am in the college seminar hall. The resource person was Dr. Vithal Tilvi, an Astronomer from School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona USA. Our Principal, Fr. (Dr.) Jeronimo D’Silva extended warm welcome to Dr. Tilvi and the participants. He praised Dr. Tilvi for his work and for sharing his knowledge expressed his view as on how this two Nations USA and India can collaborate and help student community to perceive their research. The coordinator, Dr. Reshma Raut Dessai introduced the guest speaker Dr. Vithal Tilvi. During his post doctoral research at Texas A&M University Dr. Tilvi along with his other two colleagues using 10-meter Keck telescope discovered farthest known galaxy in the Universe, with spectroscopic redshift of 7.51, which was formed merely 700 Million years after the Big Bang. This is one of the biggest discoveries of the present century.
In his lecture Dr. Tilvi shared his experience as a researcher and how he went from deep ocean study to distant universe. He explained how big universe is as compared to human being. He said although we are negligibly small compared to the size of universe we are unique because we can think and can explore universe. He urged students to concentrate at the goal and not the obstacle. He concluded by giving a brief review about future space research. He mentioned that the new larger telescopes are planned having 30 meter telescope in which India will also participate that will help better understanding of the sky. It is very vital to do research as all development takes place only due to research. Very patiently he answered all the questions poised by students. At the end of the talk Mr. Pradeep Morajkar proposed vote of thanks.
Dr. Reshma Raut Dessai, from the Department of Physics was the Coordinator for the event.