Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy: “Measuring the Size and Age of the Universe”, Kris Stanek

Astronomer to discuss vastness, age of universe on October 11.

An Ohio State University astronomer will discuss “Measuring the Size and Age of the Universe” during an Oct. 11 talk at the University of Louisville.

Kris Stanek will give the free 2012 Bullitt lecture in astronomy at 7 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The annual lecture is intended for the general public.

Stanek is expected to discuss how, since the ancient Greeks, people have gradually come to realize the vast size of the universe and to figure out where our solar system fits into the cosmic history. He also will talk about the future evolution of the universe.

The scientist has been an astronomy professor at Ohio State since 2005, after teaching at Harvard University. He had Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and NASA Hubble postdoctoral fellowships after receiving his Princeton University astrophysics doctorate. He studies supernovae, gamma ray bursts, very massive stars and the universe’s size and age.

The physics and astronomy department and the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium present the annual lectures through an endowment established by the family of former U.S. Solicitor General William Marshall Bullitt.

For more information, contact Gerry Williger at 502-852-0821 or williger@physics.louisville.edu