Astronomy Lecture Features Dark Matter, Supernovae

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Public Lecture Series will present “Illuminating Dark Energy and Dark Matter with a SNAP
(SuperNova Acceleration Probe)” on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The presentation, free to the community, will be in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex auditorium, Room
The lecture, by Hakeem M. Oluseyi, assistant professor in Florida Tech’s Department of Physics and Space Sciences, will include audiovisuals. Oluseyi’s
chosen research areas include observational cosmology, technology development, solar/stellar atmospheres and the history of astronomy. He earned a doctoral
degree from Stanford University.
The SNAP satellite is a proposed space-based telescope designed to discover thousands of supernovae and to map out the distribution of dark matter in the
universe. “The ultimate goal of SNAP is to elucidate (explain) the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is accelerating the universe’s expansion
rate,” said Oluseyi.
There will be stargazing afterward, on the rooftop of the Olin Physical Sciences Building, weather-permitting. The F.W. Olin Engineering Center is located
on University Blvd. For more information, call (321) 674-7207, or visit

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