A New Age in Astrophysics

The Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center (CTAC) brings theorists and observers together at the cutting edge of astrophysical research.

Theory plays a key role in astronomy and astrophysics. It guides insight into the physical nature of the universe even when the theory is wrong. Indeed, it is the differences between theory and observation that have ushered in the most dramatic revolutions in physics and astronomy. Examples abound, ranging from the deviation of mercury’s orbit relative to Newtonian dynamics, which ultimately yielded General Relativity, to the variation in the expected cosmic microwave background radiation and the observed very smooth cosmic microwave background (CMB), which ultimately gave way to our current concordance model for the cosmos.