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Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University, "Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe"

In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope which bears his name is being used to study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is speeding up.  The origin of this effect is not known, but is broadly attributed to a type of "dark energy" first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the Universe. I will describe how our team discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.

Start
Tuesday March 19, 2013 07:30 PM
End
Tuesday March 19, 2013 08:30 PM
Location
The Twenty-third Public Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
Website
http://www.indiana.edu/~iubphys/konopinski.shtml
Cost
FREE
Contact Email
anfoley@indiana.edu
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