UAA Planetarium: 'Stars of the Alaska Sky' and 'Chasing the Ghost Particle' - April 8

by Michelle Saport  |   

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'Stars of the Alaska Sky' with Planetarian Omega Smith Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? Where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, Planetarium Manager Omega Smith will take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our long winter nights. You'll learn what constellations and planets are visible, as well as how to look for the moon. Best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium.

'Chasing the Ghost Particle' with UAA Physicist Katherine Rawlins Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. (View the trailer.)

In this 30-minute show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and in the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, "Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe" will take you on a journey you won't forget.

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