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presented by Marilena LoVerde, Ph.D.

7:00 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017
South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932


The universe is a dynamic place that is rich with structure: from tiny fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background to the filamentary distribution of the galaxies we see today. Although the evolution of the universe (from seconds after the Big Bang until today) is well-understood, puzzles still remain. For example, what generated the structure we see in the universe? What happened before the Big Bang? Prof. LoVerde will discuss the evolutionary history of the universe, the data used to learn about it and what we hope it will teach us.

Marilena LoVerde joined Stony Brook University's Dept. of Physics and Astronomy in 2015. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her research emphasis is on theoretical cosmology. The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting. COST: Free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required.

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