'Phantom of the Universe' plays at UAA Planetarium Sept. 14, 2018

by Michelle Saport  |   

As Alaska's largest planetarium, the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater is an immersive place to explore the world around us-from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies. See below to learn what's playing next at the UAA Planetarium.

For more information, including how to become a planetarium member, please visit uaa.alaska.edu/planetarium.

Stars of the Alaskan Sky, presented by UAA Astronomer Omega Smith Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets

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, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky. 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.

Phantom of the Universe, presented by UAA Astronomer Omega Smith Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets

Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

Following the show, Omega Smith will present her recently published research on the evolution of galactic clusters and how dark matter plays a role.

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