Physics of the Cosmos
Exploring fundamental questions regarding the physical forces of the universe

Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group
Events: Meetings

237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Virtually Anywhere
11 – 15 January 2021


The Physics of the Cosmos (PhysCOS) Program lies at the intersection of physics and astronomy. Its purpose is to explore some of the most fundamental questions regarding the physical forces and laws of the universe.

All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

  • Meeting Agenda
  • NASA Joint PAG Session

    Friday, 8 January 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

    This session is open to the public.


    Topic Speaker
    Update on NASA Astrophysics, Q&A
    Dr. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division Director
    NASA Astrophysics Technology Needs: Plans for Factoring in the Decadal Survey's Recommendations
    Bruce T. Pham, PCOS / COR Chief Technologist, NASA GSFC; and Nick Siegler, ExEP Chief Technologist, JPL

    PCOS Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

    NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Town Hall, 13 January 2021

    The NASA Astrophysics Division will be holding a virtual town hall for Research and Analysis (R&A) at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Wednesday, January 13, from 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern Time. During the town hall, updates and information on current and upcoming R&A activities will be presented and questions from the community about the R&A program will be answered.

    Please submit questions for the NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Program town hall and vote for other questions that you would like to see answered. Top questions will be addressed by the Astrophysics Division’s R&A team during the town hall on January 13 from 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern Time. Submissions will be accepted until noon on January 11. Please submit your questions through the portal below:

    Questions regarding the R&A town hall may be directed to Stefan Immler.

    Webinar Talks

  • Ryan Hickox, First Black Holes, Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 12:30 – 1:00 P.M.

  • Grant Tremblay, The Once & Future Great Observatories, Thursday, 14 January 2021, 2:00 – 2:30 P.M.
  • PCOS Science Interest Group (SIG)
    Featured Splinter Sessions

  • Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in Space Science [Agenda]
    Monday at 6:50 P.M.

  • Multi-SIG session on the status of multimessenger astrophysics (MMA) [Agenda]
    Tuesday at 12:00 Noon

  • Inflation Probe SIG [Agenda]
    Wednesday at 12:00 Noon

  • X-Ray SIG [Agenda]
    Wednesday at 6:50 P.M.

  • Gravitational Wave SIG [Agenda]
    Thursday at 12:00 Noon

  • Cosmic Structure SIG [Agenda]
    Thursday at 4:10 P.M.
  • AAS Chat Schedule

    Chat times are 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM EST daily

  • Monday: James Rhoads
  • Tuesday: Brian Williams
  • Wednesday: Bernard Kelly
  • Friday: Bernard Kelly
  • Technology Development for PCOS Science

    Examples of strategic technology developments funded by the Astrophysics Division, and managed by the PCOS and COR Program Offices.

    For more information about these technologies, download the PDF or visit our Technology Database.

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