Dark Matter Days Coming This October
Dark Matter Days, a celebration of the search for an elusive and as-yet-undetectable substance, are coming this October. Dark matter-themed events will be hosted throughout the month (both in-person and online) by universities, laboratories, and institutions around the world. It’s a celebration aimed at highlighting the search for dark matter and educating the public about what we’ve learned so far.
2019 will be the third year celebrating this search. Events from previous years can be found archived on the dark matter day website.
Astronomers and astrophysicists have found that about 95 percent of the mass and energy in the universe must be unaccounted for, to explain the gravitational effects of galaxies. We just don’t know what that missing mass and energy are, hence the names ’dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’.
Understanding dark matter will shine a light on the nature of the universe we live in. We are not yet sure if these discoveries will require a new understanding of physics. Dozens of innovative experiments are searching for the source of dark matter using different types of tools, such as detectors built a mile 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.
Dark Matter Day events are intended to spread the word about the many fascinating ways scientists are searching for dark matter and the importance of devoting scientific resources to unraveling this cosmic riddle. Events can be found in a searchable list at https:www.darkmatterday.com/events-list/.
If you can’t attend an event in person, Interactions institutions have organized several live events on social media, and you can read more about those at https://www.darkmatterday.com/virtual-events.
People can also organize their own Dark Matter Days event or party. There’s a handy Event Starter Kit on the Dark Matter Day website. There are also resources for schools so that teachers can take dark matter to the classroom.
Dark Matter Day was conceived by the Interactions Collaboration, a group of science communicators representing the world’s particle physics laboratories. The collaboration runs the www.darkmatterday.com website as a resource for people who want to host or attend Dark Matter Day events.
The Interactions Collaboration wants you to be a part of this worldwide event! Please send questions, suggestions or comments to email@example.com. For press contacts in your region, visit www.darkmatterday.com/contacts.