Artist’s conception of the history of the Universe. The big bang is at the far left, and the present-day Universe is at the far right. Credit: Avi Loeb/Scientific American

On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, at 7 pm, Dr. Lloyd Knox (of the University of California, Davis) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

Images of the Infant Universe: The Latest Results from the Planck Satellite

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 15th year.

For the first time, instruments in space and on the ground are allowing scientists to make precise measurements of the properties of the early universe (soon after the Big Bang.) Professor Knox will show the detailed images of the sky obtained by the Planck satellite and explain how they show the “infant universe.” These pictures are made from light that has been traveling our way for nearly 14 billion years, since the universe was only a few hundred thousand years old. He will explain how such images provide us with our best means of studying events mere fractions of a second after the Big Bang, events responsible for the creation of all structure in the universe, without which we would not exist.

Lloyd Knox is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Davis. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995 and has devoted his research career to using the cosmos as a laboratory for studying the fundamental laws of nature. He is leading the U.S. team determining the basic characteristics of the cosmos from the data recently acquired by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos. For directions and parking information, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php
For a campus map, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
* The SETI Institute
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program.

We expect large crowds, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking. The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http:// www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: Andrew Fraknoi/Foothill College Astronomy Program

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