Dark Matter: The Dark Side of the Universe

Dark Matter: The Dark Side of the Universe
7 sessions, 14 hours

The Hubble Telescope has provided spectacular images of the cosmos, but what’s out there that the space telescopes can’t pick up? We used to think that the universe was composed of the things we could see such as stars, planets, Big Macs, etc. It turns out that is only about 5% of everything out there. Astronomy teacher, Bob Rubock leads this exploration of the 25% of the stuff we can’t see called Dark Matter.

Topics include: the fundamental building blocks of the universe; the expanding universe; space, time, and gravity; cosmology in Einstein’s universe; WIMPs and supersymmetry; and dark stars and black holes. The second course of this two part series to be offered next spring will turn to the remaining 70%, Dark Energy.

Instructor: ILR’s space cowboy, Robert (Bob) Rubock, MS, has taught physics, astronomy, and engineering at FCC. An engineer by profession, he holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic and an MS from the University of Connecticut. Bob has been fascinated by astronomy and physics since childhood and was inspired by the first photos from the Hubble Telescope. In Bob’s words: “I love this stuff!”

ILR449 Dark Matter: The Dark Side of the Universe
4-Digit Number: 5650
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 9/28/17 – 11/9/17
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E124B
Tuition: $40 Fee: $89 Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.

 

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