Dr. Vera Rubin of the Carnegie Institution of Washington will appear on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. to speak on "What's the Matter in the Universe: Galaxies and Dark Matter." The lecture is free, non-technical, and open to the public.
The lecture will be held at Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280 in Los Altos Hills. You can reach the series hotline at (650) 949-7888.
Dr. Rubin, one of the most distinguished astronomers in the U.S., has made significant contributions to many areas of our understanding of galaxies. Her research in the 1970's first suggested that these vast islands of stars must include a great deal of unknown, unseen material, which astronomers now call "dark matter." She will describe our modern understanding of this weird "stuff," which may make up the majority of the universe.
This is a joint Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture and American Astronomical Society Second Century Lecture.
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