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Prof. Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley, will present: "A New Surprise in the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe"

November 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT

Join the Boise State Physics Department for our First Friday Astronomy Event:
Friday, Nov 3rd, 7:30pm in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 106
and Stargazing to follow at 8:30pm (weather permitting). 

Prof. Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley will present: “A New Surprise in the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe”.

Professor Alex Filippenko, esteemed professor of astronomy, and the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, will present a lecture titled “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe.”

Dr. Filippenko was awarded the 2004 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. He was recognized in the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize for his work with then Miller Postdoctoral Fellow Adam G. Riess and for his highly specialized contributions in measurement of the apparent brightness of distant supernovae, which accurately established the distances that support the conclusion of an increasingly rapid expansion of the universe. (Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.) Filippenko was elected to the California Academy of Sciences in 1999 the National Academy of Sciences in 2009, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. In 2021 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society. He shared the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with Brian P. Schmidt, Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter, the High-Z Supernova Search Team, and the Supernova Cosmology Project.

The event is free and open to the public.

For those that cannot attend in person, the lecture will be live-streamed on Youtube at Those attending the live-stream are welcome and encouraged to ask questions via chat.

After the lecture, we will stargaze in Boise State’s Observatory, weather permitting. 

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