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Join us at the Alexandra in Clapham to learn what happens when the Universe explodes! We’ll start with the original explosion - the Big Bang. You’ll learn what happened in first few seconds of time and discover what questions Scientists are still unearthing.
The First Three Minutes
Dr Furqaan Yusaf (Teaching Fellow, member of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology Group at King's College London)
Modern cosmology has been slowly pushing our understanding of the universe further and further back in time right to the very precipice of the big bang, the moment of creation. This is the story of how our understanding of very first moments of time came to be developed, as well as some of the many questions we still have about birth of the universe.
The Universe at Very High Energies
Dr Jeffrey Grube (Teaching Fellow, member of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology Group at King's College London)
In extreme cosmic environments, such as a jet powered by a supermassive black hole or the shockwave of a supernova explosion, particles are accelerated to energies far higher than we can achieve on Earth at CERN. New large arrays of telescopes in Chile and the Canary Islands named the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is being built to observe the very high energy gamma-rays emitted from these extreme regions. Dr Jeff Grube will discuss this unique field of astrophysics.