[ASC-list] NSW: Dark Energy lecture

Lara Davis lara_davis4 at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 19 23:31:05 UTC 2009

The Universe from Beginning to 
Astronomers have used observations to trace our 
Universe's history back more than 13 billion years. With these data a puzzling 
picture has been pieced together where 96% of the Cosmos is made up of two 
mysterious substances, Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
In the Pollock Memorial Lecture, one of 
the founding fathers of Dark Energy, Professor Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University, will describe exciting new experiments, 
including those using the SkyMapper telescope, that are monitoring the struggle 
between these two dark forms. The aim is to predict the ultimate fate of the 
Professor Brian 
Schmidt is a Federation Fellow at The Australian 
National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory. 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. Brian is continuing his work using exploding stars to study the Universe, 
and 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.
The Pollock Memorial Lectureship has been 
awarded about every four years since 1949 and is sponsored by the University of Sydney and 
the Society in memory of Professor JA Pollock, Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney (1899-1922) and a member of the Royal 
Society for 35 years.
Presented jointly by the University of Sydney and the Royal Society of 
More information: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/about/news_items/news_item12.shtml
Date: 30th April 2009
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney, Camperdown 
Cost: FREE
RSVP: 9351 3383 or outreach at physics.usyd.edu.au
Science Communications 
School of Physics
University of Sydney
Ph: 02 9351 
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