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Professor of Astrophysics Douglas Clowe to discuss dark energy, future of universe at Science Café

From staff reports | Jan 14, 2019

Have you ever wanted to predict the future? Many of us would settle for just knowing what will happen tomorrow. But astronomers now are fairly confident about what’s going to happen to the universe over the next few hundred trillion years.

Join Douglas Clowe, professor of astrophysics at Ohio University, for his Science Cafe, "A Dark and Lonely Place: Dark Energy and the Future of the Universe,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Jan 23, in Baker Center Front Room. Clowe will discuss advances that astronomers have made in understanding the universe over the past 20 years and the implications for the future. 

Clowe will explain the concepts of the expanding universe and the observations that have led to the discovery that the rate of expansion has been increasing over time. He will talk about what might be causing this acceleration, a mysterious substance called “dark energy.” Clowe also will discuss the implications of dark energy for the future of the universe and give a preview of what we should expect to happen in the universe over the next 100 trillion years.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt. The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

The Science Cafe also may be viewed live or after the event here https://livestream.com/ohiocas/events/8469531.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag and view the schedule of spring semester speakers: http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe.