NEW! Dark Energy, Dark Matter: Part 2

NEW! Dark Energy, Dark Matter: Part 2
7 sessions, 14 hours

We used to think that if you can’t see or measure something, there was nothing there. Modern thinking and great technological advances have shown that there is far more to the Universe than what we can see and measure. Vera Rubin, an astronomer associated with the Carnegie Institute, showed that galaxies rotated in a way that was at odds with the accepted laws of motion. This led to the introduction of “Dark Matter”, a substance that can neither be measured or observed directly. Similarly, the observed phenomenon that the galaxies are not only rushing away from us, but are doing so at an ever-increasing rate, has led to the acceptance of a new component in the Universe called Dark Energy. Learn more about this mysterious part of our Universe this spring. No technical or mathematical background necessary.

Instructor: Bob Rubock graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineer from the University of Connecticut. He began his career in electronic warfare at United Aircraft but eventually turned to design of spacecraft for humanitarian purposes at NASA. Bob likes to say; “Engineering made the dough, Cosmology makes me go.” His courses require no math or formal scientific training, but a good sense of humor is mandatory. Bob believes that starting a class with good jokes improves the learning process. Bob’s other passion is rock climbing, having traveled around the U.S. and Europe in its pursuit.

ILR466 Dark Energy, Dark Matter: Part 2
4-Digit Number: 7997
Mon, 10am – 12pm, 1/29 – 3/12
Location: Conference Center (E Building)/E106
Tuition: $40.00 Fee: $99.00 Total: $139.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only

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