Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Show - Phantom of the Universe

  • When: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10:00 am -  2:00 pm
  • Location: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X, Room 129, Gainesville, FL 32606
  • Cost: $5-$6

Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and the University of Florida Department of Physics present Phantom of the Universe. The Hunt for Dark Matter has Begun on October 30 to celebrate Dark Matter Day. Showtimes will be held on the hour from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with Q&A following each show. In addition, UF’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) will be offering demonstrations to visitors in the courtyard outside the Planetarium between showings. 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.