This Halloween, scientists from the University of Surrey will be encouraging the young and old to not only trick-or-treat, but to stare at the sky in wonder as they explain why Dark Matter matters.
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The University is holding the “Seeing the Unseen” event on Tuesday 31 October to celebrate International Dark Matter Day. The event will take place from 5:30pm until 9pm at the Stag Hill Campus, where visitors will be able to enjoy a mobile planetarium, take part in demonstrations and use state-of-the-art telescopes to a tour of the constellations.
The event will give people the opportunity to discover how cutting edge physics is allowing us to see the unseen in astronomy, quantum technologies, medical physics and much more.
The University of Surrey’s world-class physicists, will also be giving 30-minute talks exploring the latest in the field of astrophysics and particle physics, especially the debates surrounding dark matter.
It is thought that around 85 per cent of the universe’s total mass is made out of dark matter, and that it allows galaxies to spin at a faster-than-expected rate without unravelling. No one is certain what dark matter actually is, whether it is made up of undiscovered particles, or whether it can be explained by tweaking the current laws of physics.
Dr Heather Campbell from the University of Surrey’s Department of Physics said: “International Dark Matter Day is a celebration of science and it’s an opportunity for us as a University to tell our community in Surrey why science matters. We want to inspire people to get interested in the stars and the world around us, perhaps consider pursuing a career in physics, and to help us in the hunt to discover the secrets of dark matter.”