Professor Karl Gebhardt from the University of Texas at Austin will be the featured speaker at the Russell Frank Astronomy Lecture Series. Gebhardt's talk is titled, "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy."
The lecture will discuss three key findings in astronomy. A new force of nature, dark energy, is causing the expansion of the universe to speed up. The nature of dark matter that dominates mass around galaxies is unknown. Black holes are thought to exist in all galaxies, yet we do not understand how they form and interact with galaxies.
Each of these three areas is ripe for significant advances. We will review the current discoveries and understanding of these dark components of the universe. We will discuss new data that show that we are living through a unique time for astronomy.
This talk is intended for a general audience, including enthusiasts of all backgrounds and ages.