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World of Science: How the Universe Began

Fri, Apr 07, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Joaquin Vieira explains latest observations on origin of galaxies, stars 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium's World of Science lecture for April will examine how the universe got its start.

Dr. Joaquin Vieira, professor of astronomy at the University of Illinois, will present "How the Universe Began" Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 per person at the door, with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 
The origin of the universe is a question that humans have contemplated for thousands of years. Where did it all come from? Vieira will bring his audience up to date with the latest observations and ideas on the origin of galaxies and stars.  
Vieira, an observational cosmologist, works across the electromagnetic spectrum. His scientific interests include galaxy formation and evolution, the star formation history of the universe, and the cosmic microwave background. He builds experiments, conducts cosmological surveys, and performs follow-up observations of distant galaxies. He works with data from the South Pole Telescope, Herschel, Hubble, Spitzer, and ALMA. He is currently helping to build future millimeter and sub-millimeter facilities and pondering the cosmic evolution of dust and ionized carbon.
Following Vieira’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present its newest feature, Dark Matter Mystery. A full schedule of Staerkel Planetarium programming can be found online at www.parkland.edu/planetarium or by calling 217/351-2446. 

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