Simons Observatory Director Dr. Brian Keating on the Big Bang, String Theory & more!

The Simons Observatory is located in the high Atacama Desert in Northern Chile inside the Chajnator Science Preserve, at an altitude of 5,200 meters. The Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Array are located nearby and these experiments are currently making observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Their goals are to study how the universe began, what it is made of, and how it evolved to its current state. The Simons Observatory shares many of the same goals but aims to take advantage of advances in technology to make far more precise and diverse measurements. In addition, it is envisaged that many aspects of the Simons Observatory will be pathfinders for the future CMB-S4 array.