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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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This Summer: Universe in the Park

Interested in exploring the Universe in the great outdoors?

Check out the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics's Universe in the Park! Events are held in a variety of local parks and begin with a short presentation, followed by sky observing until 10 or 11 p.m. The presentation is held rain or shine, but sky observing may be cancelled due to poor weather. The events are FREE, but the park may require a vehicle permit for entry.

Get details on dates and locations online.