Riess will present and lead a discussion titled "Exploding Stars, an Expanding Universe and Mysterious Dark Energy" at the
"He's very good at explaining things in ways that don't require you to be an astrophysicist to understand," said Mark Hyman, a former president of the synagogue who helped organize the event. (Hyman is also a former Baltimore Sun reporter.)
The lecture is part of the synagogue's "Uncommon Voices Series", in partnership with the
They were also helped in lining up Riess as a speaker because he's a member of the congregation, Hyman said.