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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Westport Astronomical Society
182 Bayberry Lane
Westport, CT 06880
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The Nature Of Cosmic Acceleration | Dr. Viviana Acquaviva, Physics New York City College Of Technology

Westport Astronomical Society
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 The accelerated expansion of the Universe is the greatest mystery in Cosmology today. This shocking discovery, now almost two decades old, has had profound implications on theoretical and observational astronomy. I will review the current experimental evidence for cosmic acceleration, and describe the two most promising explanations that have been proposed so far: Dark Energy filling space, or failure of General Relativity on large scales. Finally, I will discuss ongoing and planned observational probes that can provide further hints on the nature of the acceleration by probing its behavior through cosmic time.


Since August 2012, I have been an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the CUNY NYC College of Technology. Before that, I was a Research Associate in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Rutgers, and a PIRE postdoctoral fellow at UPenn and Princeton. I received my PhD in Astrophysics in 2006 from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) in Trieste, Italy.

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