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MIFA Public Lecture: A walk on the Dark Side

Lawrence Rudnick
Lawrence Rudnick

Professor Lawrence Rudnick will deliver the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture, "A Walk on the Darkside," at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12 in Tate Hall, Room B50.

About the Talk: Our Universe is comprised of far more than meets the eye. For 13.8 billion years, gravity has been creating enormous bound structures, the largest of which are clusters of galaxies. Modern telescopes are uncovering an astonishing variety of structures in these clusters which are invisible to the human eye –from X-ray emitting gas at 100s of millions of degrees, to supermassive black holes at the centers of cluster galaxies, to the popularized but not yet understood dark matter that holds everything together. Even the enigmatic dark energy plays a role in cluster formation. Our tour of clusters will start with the first recognition of curious concentrations of fuzzy objects in the sky to the latest discoveries using telescopes across the Earth and space.

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