Astronomy Ireland Public Lecture
'Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe'
By Tom Boles, World Record Supernova Hunter
Monday 12 September at 8:00pm
Trinity College, Dublin
About the Lecture
The talk explains the role played by type Ia SNe in discovering that the Universe's expansion is accelerating and hence the discovery of Dark Energy. This is supported by a history of cosmology from the first discovery of red shift to the interpretation of the WMAP cosmic background radiation results.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Tom Boles currently holds the record of spotting the most supernovae by
one person: 143 supernovae. He broke the record after discovering his 124th supernova '2009ij', followed by supernova number 125 '2009io' a few nights later. The previous record holder was Professor Fritz Zwicky, who discovered 123 supernovae before his death in 1974. The record was unbroken for 36 years. He was President of the British Astronomical Association from 2003 to 2005 and is its current Vice President. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of Commission 28 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
In 2008 he was awarded the Merlin Medal by the British Astronomical Association in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of astronomy. In 2008 the International Astronomical Union named asteroid (7648) Tomboles in recognition of his contribution to astronomy. He received the 'George Alcock Award' from The Astronomer Magazine for his supernovae discoveries.
He now spends most of his time searching for extra-galactic supernovae and in public astronomy outreach.
After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard
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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.
|Date||Monday 12th September|
Physics Department, Fitzgerald Building,
Trinity College Dublin.
|Admission||€7 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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