Observing echoes of the Big Bang in the Universe's most distant light
As we peer out into space, what is the most distant light we can see? The answer is the cosmic microwave background radiation, the faint afterglow of the hot Big Bang across the sky, which has travelled for almost 14 billion years to reach us. Within the microwave background, at the edge of the observable Universe, we can see the tiny ripples out of which galaxies such as our own later formed. In this talk, Assoc. Prof. Chris Blake from Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing will explain the crucial importance of this faint radiation for establishing our modern picture of the Universe, and will describe recent breakthrough measurements from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite.
As per usual, if I'm able to make it I'll be waiting in the foyer at 6:15. Anyone is able to just enter the lecture hall at any time and sit in any seat :)
For anyone that is interested in grabbing something to eat after the lecture, I'll be waiting in the foyer for a while. It's a good way to discuss the lecture or anything else, many places to eat in the area and only a few that I've tried.
Hope to see you all there :)