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The Accelerating Universe by Prof. Brian Schmidt, Australian National University

Distinguished Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University

2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Reception starts at 7 p.m. in Bio Sciences Atrium
Lecture starts at 8 p.m. in Bio Sciences Room 1101 (Auditorium)

To view/print the poster for this talk, please open the following pdf using Adobe Acrobat: Cave Public Lecture

Abstract:

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown component of the universe, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.