Public lecture: “Formation and evolution of the large scale structure of the Universe: clusters of galaxies”

Poster of the talk "Formation and evolution of the large scale structures of the Universe: clusters of galaxies"
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Tomorrow, Friday 26th November at 18.00 in the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of Museums of Tenerife there will be an outreach talk “Formation and evolution of the large scale structure of the Universe; clusters of galaxies” by the researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) José Alberto Rubiño Martín. The lecture, organized in the framework of the XXXII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics , will be public and will be in Spanish.

After a year without being held due to COVID-19, from 23 November to 1 December, the IAC Winter School returns to Tenerife, attended by doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from different countries around the world. This year’s Winter School has the theme of the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies, huge structures formed by groups of galaxies which stay bound together by their own gravitational attraction.

When we observe the Universe on very large scales we found that the large structures of matter are organized into a complex web of galactic filaments which we call the cosmic web, and these are the largest gravitationally bound structures we can observe in the Universe.

Characterising the spatial distribution and the time evolution of these clusters of galaxies gives us a very powerful tool to determine the origin and the energy content of the Univers, its rate of expansion during cosmic evolution, and the details of the process of formation of all the structures on large scales which we observe in the Universe today.

Public outreach talk

Every year, as well as the lectures, practical sessions and seminars given to the students who attend the Winter School by leading world experts in the field, the school organizes a free public lecture to give the general public one of the topics dealt with in this training school.

In this edition, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos (MCC) of Museums of Tenerife, at 18.00 h will host the outreach talk “Formation and evolution of the large scale structures of our Universe: clusters of galaxies” which will be given by José Alberto Rubiño Martín, a researcher at the IAC, cosmology expert and the scientist in charge of the Quijote experiment for the study of the structure of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Héctor Socas Navarro, also a researcher at the IAC and current director of the MCC, will present the event.

In the talk, Rubiño will tell the story of how the study of galaxy clusters has contributed to the establishment of the current cosmological model, and in particular to understand the role of dark matter and dark energy in the processes of formation of all the structures in the Universe. The researcher will also talk briefly about current unsolved problems and future challenges which cosmological research using galaxy clusters presents.

It is necessar to download tickets previously via the web of the Museum. A maximum of two tickets per person is allowed.

More information:

XXXII Winter School
Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos

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