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Come join us in the cellar bar of Canon's Gait for a fascinating and exciting evening about satellites and how scientists are using their data to make ground-breaking discoveries. With two talks from our speakers throughout the night, you are sure to broaden your horizons to the universe and beyond! And with our activities, you might even walk away with some Pint of Science goodies!
Euclid: Mapping the Geography of the Universe
Professor Andrew Taylor (Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh)
One of the biggest puzzles in Physics is why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. This is as surprising as throwing an apple in the air and seeing it shoot off into the sky. It tells us that a new, mysterious force of Nature is at work which we call Dark Energy. The European Space Agency’s Euclid Mission will map the distribution of Dark Matter and galaxies over most of the observable Universe in order to determine what the Dark Energy is. The UK leads much of the vital work in Euclid and its supercomputers will process many Petabytes of data to extract information about Dark Energy
Forests: A Disappearing Act
Professor Iain Woodhouse (Personal Chair in Applied Earth Observation, University of Edinburgh)
The worlds forests are under threat. An area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every few seconds. Tonight, Professor Iain Woodhouse will share his research on mapping forests using a variety of satellite and aircraft, so as to better understand and quantify the services they provide.