Monday, July 2, 2012

the accelerating universe: a public talk

if anyone is in the sydney area on 18th july, you can go see a free public talk by 2011 physics nobel prize winner, brian schmidt.  

the talk is FREE, but please register at this website so that they can accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.

DETAILS:   7 pm, wednesday, 18th july.

Wesley Conference Centre
220 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000


In 1998 two teams of astronomers were tracing how the universe had expanded during its history. They expected to find that the expansion was slowing down. But instead, they found it was speeding up. This shocking discovery overturned astronomers' ideas about the history and fate of the universe.

The expansion must be caused by something. Astronomers have called it Dark Energy, and it seems to make up more than 70% of the cosmos. But what is it, really?

Professor Brian Schmidt (Australian National University), who led one of the astronomy teams, will describe this groundbreaking discovery and explain how astronomers track the Universe's history back more than 13 billion years—and what they think its future will be.

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