Public Lecture Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt ‘The Accelerating Universe’
|Date||Wednesday 19 December 2012|
|Location||Groot Auditorium, Academiegebouw|
In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over bilions 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. Prof. 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 that 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.