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AFTERGLOW: DISPATCHES FROM THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE

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Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Cosmology is the one field in which researchers can—literally—witness the past. The cosmic background radiation, ancient light streaming toward us since the Big Bang, provides a pristine window onto the birth and evolution of the universe. Already, the radiation has been key to confirming an early explosive expansion of space, determining the geometric shape of the universe and identifying seeds that resulted in galaxies. Now, the cosmic background radiation is poised to reveal when the first stars formed, what happened in the fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and the answers to a host of other bold questions about the cosmos. Join Nobel Laureate John Mather and other leading scientists who are leading the way.

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This program is part of “The Big, the Small, and the Complex,” a series made possible with support from the Kavli Prize.

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