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Dark Energy, Supernovae, and Robotic Telescopes

Quench your thirst for science as Dr. Andy Howell will dive into the universe's mysteries.

When: Monday, March 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: 21+

Categories: Lectures

Description:

An unknown energy source is making the universe accelerate in its expansion! Two teams were awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of this "dark energy". Now Dr. Andy Howell and his team are making the best measurements of dark energy properties by observing distant stellar explosions and using them to map the history of the expansion of the universe.

Exactly what causes the thermonuclear supernovae to explode, and what makes them "standard candles" has long been a mystery, but in the past few years dramatic progress has been made in identifying the sources of some of the explosions. Discover the next steps in building a robotic network of telescopes to study supernovae and the upcoming plans to put a satellite in space to study supernovae and dark energy.

Phone: 805-682-4711

Event posted March 22, 2013
Last updated March 22, 2013

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