Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

Introductory Astronomy Lecture Series
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Astronomy Lesson 12_05: Large Scale Structure Formation

Large-scale structure formation in the universe is the final pillar in the Hot Big Bang Standard Model. We want to know how galaxy clusters formed, how dark matter came to be where it is. Also, we learn why galaxy cluste[rs have so much hot gas, and how the absorption features in distant quasars came to be. We also see how the dark matter distribution can be mapped by its effect on galaxy's light and on the shape of clusters too. We also see how the Cosmic Microwave Background plays a central role in it all.

William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific