Nobel Prize-Winning Astrophysicist to Speak in Anchorage June 12

Jun 12, 2012, 08:00 ET from American Astronomical Society

Presentation on the accelerating universe is free and open to the public.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, is in Anchorage this week for the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). He'll give a free public talk, "The Accelerating Universe," on Tuesday evening, June 12th, from 8 to 9 p.m. AKDT in Ballroom B of the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center. Although Dr. Schmidt now works at Australian National University, he grew up in Montana and Alaska, spending part of his youth in Anchorage.

Dr. Schmidt is leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, one of two groups of astronomers who, in 1998, traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and found that it is accelerating. This startling discovery suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos exists in a previously unknown form called dark energy. In his June 12th presentation, free and open to the public, he'll explain how astronomers have used observations of exploding stars to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

The Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center is located at 600 W. 7th Ave. in downtown Anchorage. Ballroom B is on the 3rd floor. The AAS, established in 1899 and based in Washington, DC, is the major organization of professional astronomers and planetary scientists in North America. Its membership of about 7,000 also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers, and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe.

SOURCE American Astronomical Society