Priyamvada Natarajan

Mapping the Heavens

Priyamvada Natarajan

Talk: Mapping the Heavens

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist and a Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She expounds on dark matter, black holes including the one at the center of our galaxy, and the formation of the universe while touching on the history to show how that knowledge came to be.

Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe exploiting the bending of light en-route to us from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter.

Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Mapping the Heavens provides a tour of the greatest hits of cosmological discovery. The cosmos is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, structured by dark matter and propelled by dark energy. Natarajan is currently involved in one of the largest and most innovative mapping exercises of the universe ever undertaken-the Hubble Fields Initiative.

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