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LSU’s Bradley Schaefer to Deliver Annual “Star of Bethlehem” Talk at Highland Observatory Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

12/14/2011 12:18 PM

BATON ROUGE – In recognition of the Christmas holiday the Highland Road Park Observatory, or HRPO, is hosting its annual “Star of Bethlehem” talk, led by LSU’s Bradley Schaefer, who was invited to attend the Nobel Prize Award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 13, in recognition of his contribution to this year’s Nobel Prize winning research in physics.

The talk, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the observatory, focuses on that famous star seen in the Middle East more than 2,000 years ago. Can modern scientific calculations shed light on the puzzle? For nine years, Schaefer, professor of physics & astronomy, has taken patrons of HRPO step-by-step toward the solution to the mystery with current theory. His research has led to the discovery of the accelerated expansion of the universe due to an unknown form of energy embedded in the fabric of space. This energy, known as “dark energy,” has been described as one of the greatest enigmas in physics today.

For more information, visit or call the observatory at 225-768-9948.

LSU Research Communications