Our last event of 2018 will take place on Monday 26th of November at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! Professor Henk Hoekstra and graduate student Christos Georgiou will tell us how we can use gravity as a magnifying glass to find what the Universe is made of!
Henk Hoekstra is a professor of observational cosmology at Leiden University. His research focuses on mapping the dark matter distribution using weak gravitational lensing, which will help shed light on the dark side of the Universe. In this talk, he will explain why cosmologists believe in invisible matter and space with negative pressure, and how they hope to make progress in the coming decade.
Christos Georgiou is a PhD student of Astronomy in Leiden University. He is interested in understanding how the Universe begun and evolved into the way it looks like today. To do this, he is using the weak-gravitational lensing technique, which helps understand the matter distribution and statistical properties of the Universe. In his talk he will explain how gravity distorts spacetime, and how we can use this to study the Universe.
All ages and backgrounds welcome! The entry is free and no reservation is needed. We start at 20h but recommend you arrive early to save a seat and grab a drink. And of course, beside the talks, we will have fun games where you can win cool science prizes! More info: check out www.astronomyontap.nl!