Dark matter is a missing ingredient in our understanding of the Universe. We cannot see dark matter directly, but we know it is everywhere! Scientists in Estonia, and all over the world, are searching for dark matter in different ways. Let's celebrate together the search for dark matter at Barlova on the week of the 31st of October. You will learn a bit about this secret ingredient of the Universe while tasting it in your glass.
During the week of Monday 31 October 2022, the Dark Matter Week will be held at the Barlova Bar in Tartu (Estonia).
The aim of the event is to present to the general public the different strategies scientists are using to better understand dark matter, that mysterious ingredient of our Universe. In particular, the event aims to showcase the work of scientists from three Estonian research centres: the Tartu Observatory, the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Tartu and the Institute of High Energy and Computational Physics in Tallinn.
- A collection of posters will be hung in the Barlova Bar. The posters will be divided into three sections: an informative section, a semi-informative section and a crazy art part. The first section will consist of a timeline indicating the chronology and major Estonian achievements in the search for dark matter. The semi-informative section aims to put the viewer in the same situation as the scientists studying dark matter. That is, if dark matter is a particle, scientists only have access to 5% of the Universe with observations. If, on the other hand, dark matter is a deviation from General Relativity, scientists observe the whole Universe, but do not understand the logic behind it! Finally, the crazy art section is a space where scientists and artists come together.
- The Tartu Observatory band will perform on Monday 31 October at the Barlova Bar.
- A public lecture on dark matter will take place on Tuesday 1 November at the Old Tartu Observatory in Tartu city centre.
- During the week, several special cocktails will be offered at the Barlova Bar so that you can have dark matter in your glass!