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Physicists at the University of Minnesota are getting close to having workable maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The CMB is a remnant of the Big Bang and understanding it in depth will help cosmologists piece together how the Universe began and evolved. One of the outstanding questions about the Universe involves an inflationary period right after the Big Bang, in which the Universe expanded at a much faster rate than it is expanding today. This period has been theorized but direct evidence for it has not yet been found.

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Kakalios wins award for cultural contributions to physics

James Kakalios

Professor James Kakalios won the 2016 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Gemant Award. Kakalios was recognized for his contributions to the popular understanding of physics. He is the author of books such as the "The Physics of Superheroes" and "The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics." More »

U of M astronomers help citizen scientists discover rare galaxy cluster

Larry Rudnick

Two volunteer participants in the international crowdsourcing research project, Galaxy Zoo, have discovered a rare galaxy cluster 1.2 billion light years away with help from astronomers at the University of Minnesota. More »

Zooniverse takes on Civil War crowdsourcing project

Lucy Fortson

Associate Professor Lucy Fortson, a leader in the Zooniverse project, has helped develop a crowdsourcing technology to spark curiosity and develop critical-thinking skills among students. The latest project will be to transcribe and decipher nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and officers of the Union Army. Roughly one-third of the messages were written in code. More »

Record breaking galaxy could reveal details of Big Bang

Evan Skiillman

University astrophysicist Evan Skillman was a lead researcher in a group that discovered the Little Lion Galaxy, which contains lowest level of heavy elements ever detected in a star-forming galaxy. More »

LIGO does it again: gravitational waves detected from second pair of colliding black holes

Vuk Mandic

On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime—for the second time. More »


Calendar

Friday, July 29th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Tettegouche State Park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
Saturday, July 30th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Gooseberry Falls State park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
Friday, August 5th
10:00 am:
Theis Defense in 142 WBOB
No-scale inflation —
Marcos Garcia, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Garcia's thesis defense. HIs adviser is Keith Olive.
3:35 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Emergent 1/f noise in systems of oscillating nanomagnetic dots —
Barry Costanzi, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Costanzi's thesis defense. His adviser is Dan Dahlberg.
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Father Hennepin State Park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
Saturday, August 6th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
Tuesday, August 9th
11:00 am:
Giant cosmic tsunamis: accelerating electrons and galaxy evolution? —
Dr. Andra Stroe, European Southern Observatory
Friday, August 12th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
Saturday, August 13th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
Summer telescope observing program at local state parks. Contact: nolting@astro.umn.edu for more info.
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