NYU Physicist Michael Blanton will discuss “How to Map the Universe” in a public lecture on Tues., Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall.

A still image from a video fly-through of galaxies mapped by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III). Image courtesy of Yushu Yao and Prabhat (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC), Miguel A. Aragon (Johns Hopkins University), and the SDSS-III Collaboration.

Over the past 15 years, a small telescope in New Mexico has produced the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the most complete map of the observable universe ever made, yielding a three-dimensional picture of how galaxies are distributed out to eight billion light years away. In his presentation, Blanton will describe why and how astronomers have achieved this—and what its plans are for the future.

Blanton, an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Physics, is the director of Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, which will create the largest-ever three-dimensional map of the distant universe.

The event, part of the NYU College of Arts and Sciences’ Bentson Dean’s Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Call 212.992.9817 for more information. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street)

Reporters wishing to attend the lecture must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

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