Frascati, March 27 – 31 , 2023
From Quarks to Black Holes: let’s get INSPYRED!
JWST, the Universe in a sand grain – F. Vitali (INAF)
The invisibility of the Universe began to reveal itself to our eyes more than 400 years ago, when Galileo, with a gesture as simple as it was revolutionary, pointed his telescope at the sky. The Universe talks to us with light, particles and gravitational waves, but most of this conversation is invisible to our senses. To understand, therefore, we must build the appropriate tools to “see” what our senses cannot perceive. Since the time of Galileo, technological progress has continuously expanded our sensitivity, making the Universe less and less invisible. And the latest, extraordinary machine built by the men and women of Science, the James Webb Space Telescope, has already shown its incredible and beautiful images of an ever closer and more fascinating Universe.
Fabrizio Vitali has a degree in Physics from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Since 1996, he has been Researcher Astronomer at the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Rome. He deals with Infrared Astronomy, in its technological and scientific aspects, building infrared focal plane instruments and then using them for studies on star formation.
For years, he has been involved in scientific teaching and dissemination, as a teacher and astronomer, in the context of projects dedicated to the public, in schools (of all levels) and in the context of the normal dissemination activity of his Institute. In particular, he has held various conferences on the human, historical and scientific story of Galileo Galilei.