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Staerkel Planetarium Premiere: "Dark Matter Mystery"

Fri, Mar 31, 2017 starting at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Brand new show examines one of the most perplexing questions in astrophysics 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium will premiere a new fulldome show on a prevailing phenomenon in the field of astrophysics: dark matter. 

The Dark Matter Mystery will show Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. beginning March 31. 
The Dark Matter Mystery was originally produced by the Laupheim Planetarium in Germany, and subsequently dubbed into English. The show explores the properties of dark matter and the techniques being used to attempt to detect it. The idea of unseen matter in the universe dates back to 1906, and evidence for its existence surfaced in 1933.

The evidence came in the form of galaxies not rotating as they were expected to and from the motions of galaxies in large galaxy clusters. What holds galaxies together? Dark matter appears to have a gravitation pull, but it emits no radiation of its own. Whatever dark matter is, it seems to make up about 27% of the entire universe! Join us to examine one of the most perplexing questions in astrophysics using telescopes in orbit and below the ground. 
Tickets for The Dark Matter Mystery are $5 and $6, available at the door. A full Staerkel Planetarium show schedule can be found online at www.parkland.edu/planetarium or by calling 217/351-2446. 

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