Dark matter, gravity waves, and more: the annual Estonian-Finnish cosmology meeting is happening

Kairi Janson | 29.09.2017

What exactly is the dark matter that makes up the majority of our universe? Do the lately measured gravity waves change our idea of the universe?

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These are only a few of the questions that cosmologists are looking answers for this week near Tartu. They have gathered at the annual Estonian-Finnish cosmology meeting to discuss issues concerning the foundations of physics. The attendants are top scientists in astrophysics and fundamental physics and come from Estonia, Finland, and even further.

The Estonian-Finnish cosmology meeting is being held by Tartu Observatory cosmologists and their colleagues from a centre of excellence in research called Dark Side of the Universe (est Tume universum). It is already the 14th time that the annual meeting takes place. The meetings are held by turns in Estonia and Finland.

The centre of excellence in research called Dark Side of the Universe combines theoretical and experimental physics, cosmology, and high performance computing to explore dark matter, dark energy and gravity. Dark Side Of the Universe has brought together scientists from Tartu Observatory, (Estonian) National Institute of Physics and Biophysics, and University of Tartu. Dark Side of the Universe is funded by European Regional Development Fund.

Contact: Antti Tamm atamm@to.ee