In the news today: First hint of dark matter detected by cosmic ray on International Space Station.
Humans can’t see the vast majority of the universe. Not because it is too far away, but because it exists in a form that we can’t directly detect called “dark matter.”
The evidence announced today is just the most recent example of scientists’ assumptions of how the universe works being supported by real data. See: Boson, Higgs.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the UT community. Tomorrow, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Driscoll Auditorium, at the annual McMaster Cosmology Lecture, Dr. David Hogg from New York University will discuss dark matter in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium. He will attempt to answer the question, “Where and What is Dark Matter?” – a question perhaps slightly closer to a conclusive answer today than yesterday.
And after your stop at Driscoll, grab some dinner and head over for the Shapiro Lecture by Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dione at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.