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Lighting Up The Dark: The Infrared Universe Seen By The Herschel Space Observatory

Wednesday 10 January 2018, at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Large Chemistry Theatre, Cardiff University Cardiff University Main Building, CF10 3XQ

A lecture by Professor Haley Gomez

Dust contains roughly half the heavy elements in the interstellar medium today, and is responsible for obscuring almost half of the energy emitted by stars since the Big Bang. This light is re-emitted in a region of the electromagnetic spectrum that was, until recently, relatively unexplored.

The Herschel Space Observatory, launched in 2009, provided a unique opportunity to resolve this by directly tracing the total mass of dust in more than half a million galaxies. This has allowed us to survey the peak of the dust emission in galaxies both near and far, providing a census of dust in galaxies throughout cosmic time.  Professor Gomez will cover some of the highlights from Herschel’s surveys of galaxies and its revealing of where dust is made in the universe.

 

A Cardiff Scientific Society lecture, supported by the Learned Society of Wales

Event Details
Date
Wednesday 10 January 2018
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Website
https://www.cardiffscientificsociety.org/index.htm
Organizer
Cardiff Scientific Society
Venue
Large Chemistry Theatre, Cardiff University
Cardiff University Main Building, CF10 3XQ