Location: Northwestern University, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston, IL 60208

Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) Presents: THE CIERA 9th ANNUAL PUBLIC LECTURE

  • Free and open to the public.
  • Content tailored to a general audience — all are welcome!
  • No registration or ticket required.
  • Campus parking lots are unrestricted in the evenings.

Professor Wendy Freedman
John & Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Talk Title:
The Unexpected Universe: Astronomical Telescopes Continue to Reveal New Surprises

Talk Abstract:
Cosmology in recent decades has been undergoing a revolution. Astronomers have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe, revealing a universe that hardly resembles what we thought only a few decades ago. It is filled with dark matter that is not visible and energy that permeates all of space, causing its expansion to speed up with time. Thousands of planets are now being discovered beyond our Solar System. New giant telescopes planned for the next decade are likely to reveal more surprises. In her lecture, Professor Freedman will describe these exciting advances.

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