WUNA Lunch Talk:

J. Richard Gott, III

Princeton University

Sizing Up the Universe

April 6

12:10PM, Room 230, NRAO, Edgemont Road


J. Richard Gott will tell about his new book with Bob Vanderbei "Sizing Up the Universe." It includes the Gott-Juric Map of the Universe, which preserves shapes (as the Mercator map of the Earth does), but which allows us to plot everything from satellites in Earth orbit to the moon and planets to distant stars and galaxies, out to the cosmic microwave background-all on a single map. The L.A. Times called it "arguably the most mind-bending map to date." He will show size comparisons from the book: such as Hurricane Katrina versus the Great Red Spot. A series of size comparisons, each covering a scale a thousand times larger than the one before, will show everything from Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the moon, to asteroids, moons, planets, stars, black holes, and galaxies, ending with a picture of the entire visible universe constructed from SDSS and WMAP data.