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The dark universe: unravelling the mystery of dark matter and dark energy

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Find out about the hunt for dark matter and explore the physics of dark energy at this fascinating evening event from New Scientist

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Almost all of our universe is missing – or at least, we’ve never seen it directly. Will we ever know what’s out there? Everything we see in the universe makes up only a paltry 4 per cent. The rest is "dark". We know remarkably little about it other than what we call "dark energy" is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate, and that "dark matter" is holding galaxies like our own Milky Way together.

Join leading astrophysicists Chamkaur Ghag and Kathy Romer, for a fascinating evening exploring the dark universe including a Q+A session with our speakers, all hosted by New Scientist Live creative director, Valerie Jamieson.

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Chamkaur Ghag, astroparticle physicist at University College London

Scientists think that dark matter is everywhere, streaming through you as you read this right now. Understanding the nature of this mysterious dark matter is one of the most important scientific missions of our time. In this talk Chamkaur Ghag, will take you to the frontiers of dark matter research, where we seek dark matter collisions in highly sensitive detectors buried deep under the Earth’s surface; watch for signatures of dark matter annihilations in space; and even try to produce fresh dark matter in particle colliders. We may even visit the spooky realm of quantum mechanics for clues. The hunt for this elusive substance is heating up – we may soon be stepping out into the dark.

Kathy Romer, professor of astrophysics at the University of Sussex and director of the Sussex Astronomy Centre

After 14 billion years it would be reasonable to expect the expansion of the universe to be slowing down. However, the universe seems to have other ideas! In this talk Kathy Romer will lift the lid on the mysterious substance, known as dark energy, that physicists think is causing the universe to rip itself apart. She'll also describe the Dark Energy Survey experiment, the first of a new generation industrial-scale international astronomy projects that are exploring the physics underlying our accelerating universe. Hear about the latest results, which seem to be telling us that the universe is being governed by Einstein's cosmological constant.

Event Timings:

Doors: 6.30pm

Talks start: 7.00pm

Close: 9.00pm

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The event will be held at Congress Hall, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Doors will open at 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7.00 pm. The event will finish at 9.00pm.

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