Public lecture: From Microseconds to Aeons - How our Complex Cosmos Emerged

19 Sep 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Public Lecture:
"From Microseconds to Aeons - How our Complex Cosmos Emerged"
Professor Sir Martin Rees, FRS, Astronomer Royal
Monday 19th September at 7.30pm, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Organised in association with New Horizons in Time Domain Astronomy conference.

Unfortunately we now fully booked. Please see the other events that are taking place in the department.

Recent astronomical discoveries have made the night sky far more interesting: hundreds of other stars are orbited, as is our Sun, by retinues of planets. But as well as the cyclic regularities of cosmic orbits, observations reveal violent outbursts: explosions signalling the death of stars, and huge flares triggered by processes near black holes in the centres of galaxies. Moreover, to understand how a 'big bang' led to the emergence of our complex cosmos, and to predict the far future, we need to understand processes on a huge range of timescales - from a tiny fraction of a microsecond up to billions, or even trillions, of years.