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The next PAS meeting is Friday April 11, 2014

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

Featuring Dr. Zarija Lukic, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

"The Dynamical Universe: Evolution of the Cosmic Structure"

"Recent decades have brought significant insights about the Universe we live in.  Now we know to a great accuracy what is the geometry of the universe and its content.  Yet, this knowledge has opened some of the biggest mysteries in today's physical sciences: what is dark matter, what is dark energy, and why is the expansion of the universe accelerating?  Why did the universe come to be this way?  The standard model of particle physics appears as a great success, the standard cosmological model as well, but the two seem to be at odds.  In this talk I will review the current state of cosmology, and then turn to the large-scale structure of the Universe, and what it can tell us in the future with new sky surveys coming online.  Modeling this cosmic structure is exciting research, done on the largest supercomputers, and confronting those models against observations is the key in understanding what is dark energy as well as assessing our understanding of gravity."

Zarija Lukić has been a postdoc in the Computational Cosmology Center since 2011. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory 2008-2011. The main focus of his research is in the large-scale structure of the Universe, and accurate determination of cosmological parameters with particular emphasis on theoretical predictions for Lyman-alpha forest using the Nyx code - research relevant to current and future DOE-HEP experiments.

Besides cosmology, his research also includes aspects of nuclear physics, and he has published research on the practical usage of cosmic rays to obtain material identification of scanned cargos, as well as to remotely diagnose the state of damaged cores at the Fukushima reactors.


Next Speaker:  Erik Petigura of UC Berkeley on May 9, speaking on the Kepler Mission.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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