Nobel Laureate Adam Riess Free Lecture in Charlottesville

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Free Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess


Nobel Laureate Adam Riess will speak on the fascinating topic of The Accelerating Universe.

For almost a century, the universe has been known to be expanding as a consequence of the Big Bang about 14 billion years ago.¬†Due to his critical contributions, Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” His research team found that light from distant supernovae was weaker than expected, a sign that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. Riess will discuss the excitement of this discovery, its implications, and current ongoing work to help answer remaining questions.

The free talk titled “The Accelerating Universe” is sponsored jointly by the physics and astronomy departments of the University of Virginia and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It will be held November 9 at 7 p.m. at The Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Registration is suggested and can be made at The Paramount Theater Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., by phone at (434) 979-1333, or online at

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