The universe is a dynamic place that is rich with structure: from tiny fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background to the filamentary distribution of the galaxies we see today. Although the evolution of the universe (from seconds after the Big Bang until today) is well-understood, puzzles still remain. For example, what generated the structure we see in the universe? What happened before the Big Bang? Prof. LoVerde will discuss the evolutionary history of the universe, the data used to learn about it and what we hope it will teach us.
Marilena LoVerde joined Stony Brook University’s Dept. of Physics and Astronomy in 2015. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her research emphasis is on theoretical cosmology.
The lecture will be followed by guided tours of the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting.
This event is FREE, but donations to help support our educational programs are appreciated.
Montauk Observatory would like to thank the South Fork Natural History Museum and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for their kind collaboration and for hosting this event.