Since the launch of the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) in 1983, extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology has seen a dramatic shift towards infrared astronomy,Ã¢â,¬Â he explained.
Today the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope is being built and the latest truly giant ground-based telescopes are being planned and they are primarily infrared telescopes.Ã¢â,¬Â
In his lecture, Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson will describe how infrared surveys with the IRAS and with successor missions like ISO and Spitzer, have impacted on cosmology, both our understanding of the large-scale structure of the
universe, and how galaxies have formed and evolved.
He will also show the latest results from the Herschel mission, launched only in May this year and suggest what may be in store from the infrared telescopes of the future.