Press Release

Google Hangout Today on Starbursts in the Early Universe

By SpaceRef Editor
March 29, 2013
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The Milky Way today may fire up one new star every year, but billions of years ago massive bright galaxies in the relatively young universe were producing new stars at a rate of 1,000 per year. Now, a multinational team of astronomers has found that these distant, dusty galaxies were churning out stars much earlier than previously believed — as early as one billion years after the Big Bang, nearly 13 billion years ago.

On Friday March 29, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. PDT (3:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT), science writer Bruce Lieberman will ask your questions about these starburst galaxies, the early universe and the incredible research being conducted by the South Pole Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile with three members of the research team:

* John E. Carlstrom — Leader of the 10-meter South Pole Telescope project and Deputy Director of the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics;

* Dan P. Marrone — Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona;

* Joaquin D. Vieira — Leader of the group studying the galaxies discovered by the South Pole Telescope, Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology and member of Caltech’s Observational Cosmology Group.

Submit your questions before or during the webcast via Twitter with the hashtag #KavliAstro or by email to

James Cohen
+1 805-278-7395

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SpaceRef staff editor.