There’s far more to our universe than meets the eye. Everything we can see, everything we know exists, makes up just 5 percent of the known universe. So, what about the other 95 percent? Astronomers and astrophysicists believe that approximately 25 percent of the missing mass and energy in the universe is made up of dark matter. Experiments around the world continue to search for dark matter, yet this ubiquitous substance remains a mystery.
Dark Matter Day, an international event, aims to shed some light on that mystery. From Oct. 26-31, a series of Dark Matter Day events will highlight the global search for dark matter, which, together with dark energy, makes up about 95 percent of the mass and energy in our universe. Dark Matter Day spreads the word about the many fascinating ways scientists search for dark matter, and the importance of devoting scientific resources to unraveling this cosmic riddle.
Laboratories around the world will host live and virtual events, making Dark Matter Day accessible to a worldwide audience. To explore the many opportunities to participate in live and virtual events, visit the Dark Matter Day website.
Though scientists have yet to detect dark matter, indirect evidence tells us it exists—in the gravitational effects of galaxies and the way light bends around unseen objects in space. Understanding the nature of dark matter will help us better understand the universe in which we live. But scientists are not sure yet what this mysterious substance is composed of, or whether the answer, when it comes, will require a complete re-write of our understanding of physics.
A host of innovative experiments are searching for the source of dark matter using different types of tools, such as detectors built deep underground, powerful particle beams and telescopes based both on Earth and in space. For more on the global hunt for dark matter, visit the Interactions collaboration’s Dark Matter Hub.
Sponsored by the Interactions Collaboration, an international community of particle physics communication specialists, Dark Matter Day celebrates the work being done in laboratories and institutions around the world, and shares what we do know about this cosmic puzzle with audiences worldwide.
To find resources or to register your event, go to the Dark Matter Day website.
Sanford Underground Research Facility