Surrey invites public to explore dark matter
The University’s astrophysicists staged ‘Seeing the Unseen’, a special event to celebrate Dark Matter Day on 29 October.
Around 400 members of the public descended on campus for an evening of activities, talks and shows aimed at enabling them to explore intriguing phenomenon in the world we cannot see such as dark matter.
Visitors got the chance to observe the night sky through telescopes, enjoy planetarium shows, and take a ‘Journey through the unseen’ via a series of interactive stands brought physics concepts to life – such dark matter, black holes and the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics. Younger visitors were entertained in the Craft Zone where they got hands-on with some dark matter and space-themed craft activities.
There were also popular talks on topics such as ‘Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?’, ‘What can we learn from the stellar graveyard’, and ‘Cleaning up space: the Remove Debris mission’.
Outreach officer Dr Heather Campbell said: “Seeing the Unseen was a great opportunity for the local community to be welcomed into the University. This event gave us the chance to share our excitement about cutting-edge research connected to mysterious dark matter and other research we’re carrying out which is allowing us to see the previously unseen.”
The event was organised by Surrey’s Department of Physics, Surrey Space Centre, Physoc Society and Widening Participation Department, in partnership with SEPnet (South East Physics Network), the Guildford Astronomical Society, Royal Holloway University and Dr Mark Gallaway.