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Mysteries of the Dark Universe

2014 AstroTour Keynote

June 21st, 2014
Speaker: Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb
Location: J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle


Cosmic Web

Ninety-five percent of the universe is missing! Astronomical observations suggest that most of the mass of the universe is in a mysterious form called dark matter and most of the energy in the universe is in an even more mysterious form called dark energy. Unlocking the secrets of dark matter and dark energy will illuminate the nature of space and time and connect the quantum with the cosmos.



About the Speaker

Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College and Dean of the Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, as well as a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. The field of his research is the application of elementary-particle physics to the very early Universe. He is co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology, and author of Blind Watchers of the Sky, a popular science book on the history of astronomy and scientific cosmology. Kolb has also travelled the world giving scientific and public lectures, and has appeared in television and film productions, most recently interviewing Stephen Hawking for the Discovery Channel.

About the Keynote

The AstroTours Keynote is an annual event hosted by the graduate students of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Like our regular lecture series, the AstroTours, the Keynote features telescope observations, planetarium shows and an hour-long lecture geared toward a general audience. For the Keynote, however, instead of a member of U of T Astronomy, we bring in a world-renowned astronomer and public speaker to deliver the lecture. Past speakers have included planet hunter Prof. David Charbonneau (Harvard/CfA), SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) director Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute) and Pluto killer Prof. Mike Brown (Caltech). We will also host a reception following the talk, where members of our department will be happy to chat one-on-one with you about the hottest topics in astronomy, and what it’s like to be an astronomer. In addition, we’ll have astronomy exhibits and activities throughout the evening.

Schedule of Events


Time Activity Location
6:30 – 7:30pm Solar observing Terrace outside J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
6:30 – 7:30pm Planetarium shows (6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm and 7:15pm) Lobby of J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
6:30 – 7:45pm Astronomy exhibits and activity stations Lobby of J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
8:00 – 9:30pm Rocky Kolb lecture and question period J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
9:30 – 11:00pm Chat With an Astronomer reception Reception hall opposite of J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
9:30 – 11:00pm Astronomy exhibits and display stations Reception hall opposite of J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium
9:30 – 11:00pm Night sky telescope observing Roof of Burton Tower, McLennan Building, 60 St. George Street
9:45 – 10:45pm Planetarium shows (9:45pm, 10:00pm, 10:15pm, and 10:30pm) Lobby of J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium and elevator lobby of Burton Tower, McLennan Building


The AstroTours Keynote is generously financed by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.


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