The Accelerating Universe - Launceston
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Professor Brian Schmidt presents
The Accelerating Universe
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 form of matter, 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.
This National Science Week public lecture is presented in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Physics, the Astronomical Society of Australia, Don College, Launceston College, Fahan School, The Friends' School, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Tasmania.
About Prof. Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University. Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University.
Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating, work that earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Refreshments will be served from 7.30pm.
Astronomical Society of Australia
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University of Tasmania
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