Lecture: 21 April “The Dark Side of the Universe” by Norbert Werner, PhD

Most of the Universe is unseen: 95% of its contents consist of dark matter and dark energy, which we do not yet understand. But even when it comes to the 5% “normal” matter, we can only see the tip of the tip of the iceberg. My talk will focus on this unseen “Dark Side of the Universe” and will show how the unseen dark energy, dark matter, and the invisible super massive black holes sculpt the observed Universe.

“I am an astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University. You can also often find me at the Japanese Space Agency (ISAS/JAXA) near Tokyo where, next to my everyday research, I am helping to prepare the initial observing program for the upcoming Japanese-US Astro-H satellite. Before I came to sunny California I did my PhD at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, in the rainy but magically beautiful city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. I spent my undergraduate years at the Safarik University in Kosice in my home country Slovakia.”

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