University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium

Thursday, October 3rd 2019
6:30 pm:
Public Lecture in Physics Tate B-50
Speaker: Claudia Scarlata, University of Minnesota
Subject: The end of the Dark Age

Leonardo created artworks that showed knowledge of aerodynamics, optics, physics, astronomy, and mechanical drawings for futuristic technology, including the first premodern telescope. 500 years later the NASA is launching the new James Webb Space Telescope, which will be a huge leap forward for space telescopes.

Prof. Claudia Scarlata will introduce the upcoming observatory peering toward the end of the Cosmic Dark Ages.
After a glowing beginning, the Universe went through a phase of darkness that lasted for millions of years. This phase, known as the Dark Ages, ended with the formation of the first stars and galaxies. These objects were very different from the stars and galaxies we see in the Universe today, after its 13.8 billion years of life. Come and learn about the impact that these objects had on the Universe, and what we have learned and will learn in the near future from upcoming facilities such as the new James Web Space Telescope.

Afterwards, if the weather allows, participants will be invited for telescope viewing on the patio.

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