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Samhain agus Science – The Cosmic Web
31st October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This Dark Matter Day, Professor Peter Coles of Maynooth University will present a talk in DIAS Burlington road titled “The Cosmic Web”.
The lecture will focus on the large scale structure of the Universe and the ideas that physicists are weaving together to explain how it came to be the way it is.
Over the last few decades astronomers have revealed that our cosmos is not only vast in scale – at least 14 billion light years in radius – but also exceedingly complex, with galaxies and clusters of galaxies linked together in a cosmic web of immense chains and sheets, surrounding giant voids of empty space.
Cosmologists have developed theoretical explanations for its origin that involve such exotic concepts as ‘dark matter’, `dark energy’ and ‘cosmic inflation’, producing a cosmic web of ideas that is in some ways as rich and fascinating as the Universe itself.
Peter Coles a theoretical astrophysicist and his research is in the area of cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe. A brief biography is available here.