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In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope that bears his name is being used to study and even more surprising phenomenon: that expansion is speeding up. The origin of this effect is not known, but is broadly attributed to a type of "dark energy" first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the Universe. Professor Riess will describe how his team discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.
The Michelson Memorial Lecture series is endowed by the USNA Class of 1969 in honor of Albert A Michelson, USNA Class of 1873 who, in 1907, was the first American to win a Nobel Prize.
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