The Universe from Beginning to End
29 April 2009
Astronomers believe our Universe began in a Big Bang, and is expanding around us. Professor Brian Schmidt, from the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory, will describe the life of the Universe that we live in and how astronomers have used observations to trace our Universe's history back more than 13 billion years at the free Pollock Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on 30 April 2009.
Professor Schmidt will show how astronomical data are the pieces for a puzzling picture, where 96% of the Cosmos is made up of two mysterious substances: Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
Hear how these two mysterious forms of matter are in a battle for domination of the Universe and about new experiments that are monitoring the struggle between Dark Energy and Dark Matter, trying to better understand these elusive pieces of our Universe and predict the ultimate fate of the Cosmos.
Professor Schmidt, one of the founding fathers of Dark Energy, will describe exciting new experiments, including those using the SkyMapper telescope at the Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra.
About the Speaker:
Professor Brian Schmidt is a Federation Fellow at the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory. He completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. While at Harvard University in 1994, he formed the High Z SN Search team, a group of 20 astronomers on five continents who used distant exploding stars to trace the expansion of the Universe back in time. This group's discovery of an accelerating Universe was named Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 1998.
Professor Schmidt joined the Australian National University in 1995 and is continuing his work using exploding stars to study the Universe. He is leading Mt Stromlo's effort to build the SkyMapper telescope, a new facility that will provide a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.
Having won numerous awards for his astronomical research, Professor Schmidt was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the United States National Academy, and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences in 2008.
Pollock Memorial Lecture:
The Pollock Memorial Lectureship has been awarded about every four years since 1949 and is sponsored by the University of Sydney and the Royal Society of NSW in memory of Professor JA Pollock, who was Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney from 1899 until 1922 and a member of the Royal Society for 35 years.
The Pollock Memorial Lecture is presented jointly by the University of Sydney and the Royal Society of NSW.
Date: 30th April 2009
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