"Going to the Ends of the Earth to Glimpse the Beginnings of Time: Studying the Big Bang from the World's Extremes"
What was the Big Bang really like? Over the past decade sensitive astronomical telescopes have revealed the properties of the universe to unprecedented precision. Yet many mysteries remain. Foremost among them concerns the actual Big Bang itself. What would it have been like to be a witness to the Big Bang? How can we understand the mysterious nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which pervade our universe?
UC San Diego Professor of Physics Dr. Brian Keating, and his team of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs, have developed extremely powerful, cutting-edge telescopes that promise to reveal the origin and composition of the universe with exquisite precision. UC San Diego's telescopes are currently observing from the South Pole, Antarctica (9000 foot altitude) and at 17,000 feet in the Chilean Atacama desert. Professor Keating will discuss these exciting experiments and the challenges of doing extreme astronomy in the Earth's most remote locations.