Researching the Universe in Antarctica

Cost: Free

6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration and reception
7:00–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion

Includes program and refreshments

The South Pole Station is an important observatory for astrophysics and cosmology research, but because of the extreme conditions and remoteness of the site, designing, constructing, and operating its research tools is a challenge and an adventure. Several telescopes operate throughout the night–which lasts six months in Antarctica–gathering information on cosmic microwave background radiation and distant clusters of galaxies to explore how the universe as we know it evolved.

Stephan Meyer, LAB’70, a member of the South Pole Telescope team, will talk about the science being investigated with these telescopes and the excitement of carrying out research on the Antarctic continent. Meyer is a professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College. He was a postdoctoral associate and then assistant professor of physics at MIT before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1993.

Event Contact

Joe Winegardner