UofT AstroTour: Filamentary, My Dear Watson: How the cosmic web can help us solve the universe’s mysteries

Filamentary, My Dear Watson: How the cosmic web can help us solve the universe’s mysteries
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Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 8:30pm to 11:00pm

Join us for AstroTours! The event will feature a talk by Martine Lokken about the cosmic web! After the talk we will have a variety of demos and the opportunity to use telescopes on the roof of the McLennan Physical Laboratories.

On the largest scales in our universe, matter is woven together into a three-dimensional web of structure. Cosmic filaments—strands of material that are made up of galaxies, gas, and dark matter—bridge the gaps between dense clumps in the web. The properties of these filaments depend on the formation history of the universe and can therefore help us better understand the nature of cosmology’s great unknowns: dark matter and dark energy. In this talk, Martine Lokken will review the recent advances in measuring and analyzing filaments and discuss how we can use them to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Martine Lokken is a PhD candidate at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She studies the structure of matter on the largest scales in our universe in order to tackle major problems in cosmology, and is particularly fascinated by the mysterious source of the accelerated expansion of the universe. Martine grew up in Rhode Island, the smallest U.S. state, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia. Outside of research, she loves to learn different styles of dance from around the world.

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Note: Masks will be mandatory indoors. We request attendees to follow standard social distancing policies so that we can safely return and continue to have in-person AstroTours!

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration (required): Eventbrite
Organized by: U of T Graduate Astronomy Students Association. AstroTours are generously supported by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
Talk (8:30-9:30pm): Mechanical Engineering Building (5 King's College Rd), Room MC102
Demos and telescope tours (9:30-11:00pm): McLennan Physical Laboratories (60 St. George St), after the talk