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Title: SACKLER DISTIGUISHED LECTURE IN ASTRONOMY: Supernovae Reveal An Accelerating Universe    (Special)
Start Date: 10/03/2012
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Sibley Auditorium
Speaker: Adam Riess
Affiliation: Professor of Astronomy and 2011 NOBEL Laureate, Johns Hopkins University
Contact Person: Barbara Hoversten   (510) 642-8678

In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope that 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. Professor Riess will describe how his team shared in the discovery of the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.

Free Public Lecture
October 3, 2012 Wednesday
Bechtel Engineering Center
Sibley Auditorium
UC Berkeley

Seating is limited.

For questions, contact Barbara Hoversten, Department of Astronomy at

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department