Thursday, May 18 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lecture: A History of Structure in the Universe

SPEAKER: Prof. Marilena LoVerde, Dept. of Astronomy, Stony Brook University 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. Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by celestial observing through a telescope. LOCATION: South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center <> 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 ORGANIZER: Montauk Observatory Inc. ADMISSION: Free, but donations appreciated Montauk Observatory would like to thank the South Fork Museum of Natural History <> and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt <> for their kind collaboration as hosts of this event, and Prof. LoVerde for generously donating her time and expertise.

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