Noted Astrophysicist Felipe Menanteau will present a public lecture entitled
A Digital Color Image of the Universe
Observations in the past decade have established a standard model of cosmology with only five basic parameters. While remarkably simple, the new standard cosmological model is also rather bizarre. It implies that protons, neutrons and electrons comprise less than 5% of the energy density of the Universe. The remainder is the form of exotic Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Two large optical astronomical surveys, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) are poised to answer one the most fundamental question about origins: the reason of cosmic acceleration and the nature of Dark Energy. In this lecture I describe how DES (2013-2018) and LSST (2020-2030) will produce a multi-color image of the southern sky to use galaxies and clusters of galaxies to trace the growth of structure up to a time when the Universe was half it current age of 13.8 billion years.