Chicago's Adler Planetarium takes over UAA's dome May 5 for first Domecast event

by Michelle Saport  |   

Thursday, May 5, 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.) UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

The famous Adler Planetarium in Chicago is going to take control of the UAA Planetarium to share with us the latest talk in their spring lecture series, "From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond" presented by the University of Chicago's Michael Turner.

Turner's lecture will explore some of the biggest mysteries in modern cosmology. We know the universe began 13.7 billion years ago in an explosion of space called the Big Bang. We also know that the gravity of dark matter created the galaxies and other cosmic structures we see today from tiny quantum fluctuations that arose just after the Big Bang. Yet some big questions remain: Is our universe part of a larger multiverse? What is speeding up the expansion of the universe? These are the mysteries that inspire cosmologists today. In a dazzling, full-dome presentation, this show will illustrate what we know and how we know it, as well as the big ideas and puzzles of cosmology today.

Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is also director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago. Turner helped to pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology, and has made seminal contributions to the current cosmological paradigm known as "LambdaCDM," including the prediction of cosmic acceleration. His current research interests are dark matter, dark energy and inflation. Turner has won numerous prizes and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

This is the first Domecast with the new Uniview planetarium system. This new feature allows planetaria from around the world to take control of our dome in order for astronomers to present right here at UAA without ever getting on a plane. The first event is on a big topic as well.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 4 p.m. Talk starts at 4:30 p.m.

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