Rutgers Professor’s USF Lecture to Shed Light on Dark Matter

Astronomers assembled this photo by combining a visible-light image of a supercluster taken with a telescope in Chile with a dark matter map derived from observations with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The magenta-tinted clumps represent a map of the dark matter in the cluster. Photo | NASA.

TAMPA, Fla. (March 27, 2014) -- Rutgers University professor Charles Keeton, an astrophysicist who has won international acclaim for his working in understanding the cosmos, will speak at the University of South Florida on April 3 on how invisible dark matter can be used to discover other galaxies. The event is a part of the Nagle Lecture Series organized by the USF Department of Mathematics & Statistics and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Keeton has taught in the Rutgers’s Department of Physics & Astronomy for the past 10 years. His research has been featured by National Public Radio,, and New Scientist magazine. President Obama awarded Keeton the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2010.


Keeton’s lecture, “A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark (Matter)” will take place in CHE 100 from 8-9 pm. Parking is free Lot #2 and in Collins Parking Garage. Directions are at

Keeton will speak on Einstein’s theory of relativity and “gravitational lensing” which describes what happens when the gravity of a distant object interferes with our perception of something even farther away. Gravitational lensing can be used to learn more about dark matter.

More information on the event is available at