Public lecture: The Accelerating Universe

Public Lecture

Presented by: Professor Brian Schmidt, Astrophysicist and 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics

Where:Medical Lecture Theatre, Building 45, James Cook University, Townsville

When:Tuesday, 19 February 2013, 6pm – 7pm, Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm

RSVP please by Monday, 18 February 2013 to or 07 – 4781 6787

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions 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. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian 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 than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

 Biography:  Brian Paul Schmidt AC, FRS is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected to the Royal Society in 2012. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

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