A public lecture by Adam Reiss, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for the detection of the accelerating expansion of the universe using distant supernovas. The lecture will be presented at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 9, at the Paramount Theater on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.
The Physics and Astronomy Departments at the University of Virginia in partnership the National Radio Astronomy Observatory invite the community to a special FREE public lecture by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess at The Paramount Theater on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00PM. Prof. Riess will speak on the fascinating topic of the accelerating universe. Due to his critical contributions, Prof. Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae." The term "supernovae" refers to stars exploding at the end of their lives. The team Prof. Riess worked with used a particular kind of supernova, called type Ia supernova, to understand the properties of distant galaxies. His research team found that light from distant supernovae was weaker than expected ‐ this was a sign that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. Prof. Riess will discuss the excitement of this discovery, its implications, and current ongoing work to help answer remaining questions.