Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuning into the Universe in Portsmouth

As part of National Science and Engineering Week, (11-20th March 2011) there are several LOFAR related talks happening next week. For example:

Tuning into the Universe

Wednesday 16 March 2011, 6.00-7.00 pm, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

A public lecture by Dr David Bacon, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth. Billions of light years away, galaxies have given out radio waves that speed across the Universe. Light now, some of them have reached a humble field a few miles outside Winchester, where they are being received by some of the antennae of the new LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR). This is an astonishing Europe-wide radio telescope, which will be used to try to make important discoveries about galaxies and the Universe as a whole. In this talk, I will describe LOFAR and the attempts we are making to use it to probe the furthest reaches of the Universe. David Bacon is a research fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth University. He is co-ordinator for Cosmology in the Surveys Key Science Project with LOFAR.

AUDIENCE: General public and school groups are welcome to this free event, book through events@port.ac.uk

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