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Dark energy to be topic of Space Place event

May 26, 2015 By Terry Devitt

“To Infinity and Beyond: The Accelerating Universe,” a live broadcast from the World Science Festival about dark energy, an antigravitational force that confounds the conventional laws of physics, will be hosted on the evening of May 28 by UW–Madison’s Space Place.

Originating from New York and moderated by internationally known theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss, the broadcast will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Space Place, the UW–Madison astronomy outreach outpost, is located in the Villager Mall, 2300 S. Park St. The event will be held in the mall atrium.

Krauss will lead a panel of experts in a discussion of modern cosmology’s biggest mystery, dark energy, described as the most dominant substance in the universe, making up more than two-thirds of the cosmos. Some of the world’s top physicists will guide the audience to the earliest moments of the universe  and then far into the future to look for answers.

The event is free and open to the public.