Grounds for Science - Illuminating Dark Matter and Galaxies Across Time

Presentation | October 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Micah Brush, Department of Physics; Wren Suess, Department of Astronomy

 Science@Cal

Awesome cutting-edge science talks with UC Berkeley graduate students, science trivia, locally roasted coffee, pinball, and more! Join Micah Brush (Physics) and Wren Suess (Astronomy) to find out how we are trying to learn the cosmic secrets of dark matter and galaxy formation.

Illuminating Dark Matter
Dark matter is weird. It constitutes about 85% of the total matter in the universe, yet we know almost nothing else about it. Why are we so sure it exists, if we can’t even see it directly? And is there any hope of finding it? Let’s discuss some of the strongest evidence for dark matter and some of the ways that we are currently trying to directly determine its identity.

Galaxies Across Time
When we look out at an object in the night sky, how do we figure out what we’re looking at? How do we know how far away it is, and what it’s made of? How do we use pictures of it to learn about our universe? In this talk, Wren will talk about how human understanding of what galaxies are has changed over the past few centuries, what our modern definition of a galaxy is, and what astronomers have learned from studying how galaxies change and evolve over cosmic time.

 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Cal Parents

 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

 Food and drink available for purchase

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