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Cosmic Cartography – Exploring the Expanding Universe
June 7, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The discovery that the expansion of the Universe is being accelerated by a mysterious force that cosmologists call “Dark Energy” has had an immense impact and is the most exciting area of research in Cosmology today. The 2011 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who found the first direct evidence of this acceleration by observing the brightness of exploding stars in the Universe. These astonishing observations have ignited a race towards an even bigger discovery – what is Dark Energy? Unraveling the nature of Dark Energy is one of the most important problems facing cosmologists and will answer profound questions about fundamental physics in our Universe.
In these lectures Dr. Elise Jennings will describe the cutting-edge of current research which tries to make sense of Dark Energy and the accelerating expansion. Uncovering the nature of Dark Energy will require exciting cosmic detective work gathering evidence, formulating theories and testing new ideas in the largest laboratory available to us – the universe.
The lectures require no mathematical or scientific background; just bring your curiosity. These talks are the next series of the Arthur H. Compton lectures of the Enrico Fermi Institute at The University of Chicago. They are intended for the general public to provide a descriptive account of some of the frontiers of present-day science. The series will run each Saturday from April 5 through June 7, 2014. There will be no lecture on May 24 (Memorial Day weekend).