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Special Lecture: Viewing the Birth of the Universe from the Bottom of the World

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m., presented with the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Bell Museum Auditorium, free and open to the public

At one time the origin and fate of the Universe in which we find ourselves was the subject of speculation by mystics and philosophers. Now it is a hard, data driven science—although some mysteries remain!

Professor Clem Pryke will guide you through the current state of knowledge, from the discovery of cosmic expansion to dark matter and dark energy. Then journey back in cosmic time to the first instant of the Big Bang and learn about the recent evidence for gravitational waves coming from the BICEP2 radio telescope located at the South Pole. Pryke’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, plus free viewing of Eyes on the Universe in the West Gallery.

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Friday Night is Tate Night!

The  Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics provides public viewing opportunities every Friday evening from the rooftop of Tate Laboratory of Physics and Astronomy. Observe some of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history.

Viewings are held Friday evenings from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. during the University's fall and spring semesters. There are also short presentations each week regardless of the weather, so there's always something to do!

Get details online.