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Phantom of the Universe - featuring Dr. James Battat

Friday, May 15, 2020
Showtimes: 7:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Giant telescopes have opened humanity's eyes to a vast universe of glowing stars and galaxies. But as these instruments became more advanced, astronomers began to suspect there was something else out there that even their telescopes couldn't see: dark matter. Join us for an introduction to one of the most exciting areas in current physics research.

Phantom of the Universe is a fulldome film produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the early discoveries of Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin, which first hinted at the existence of dark matter. From there,you will journey to Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles as they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, and learn how scientists around the world are collaborating to find answers to the many questions surrounding dark matter.

Phantom of the Universe features narration by Academy-Award winning actress Tilda Swinton and sound effects by Skywalker Sound.

Dr. James Battat, Associate Professor of Physics at Wellesley College, will provide additional insight on the subject and address audience questions.

Recommended for: Adults and teens 14+

Suggested Donation: $5 per guest

Fulldome Film: yes • Live Planetarium Content: no • Guest Speaker: yes

This event is free but registration is required. Registration will be available here one week before event date.