Join us for: The Milky Way as a Dark Matter Laboratory

Join us on a starry night for a talk:
"The Milky Way as a Dark Matter Laboratory."

Then, catch a star of your own in the Star Party that follows.

More than 80% of the material universe consists of stuff we don't understand. This "dark matter" gravitates, but it does very little else; in particular, it doesn't emit, reflect, or even absorb light. Over the next decade, a combination of astronomical observations and particle physics experiments holds great promise to finally shed light on the nature of dark matter.

This lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the night sky provided by Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer. Then, true space cadets are invited to walk to the nearby Rock Spring parking lot to peer through big telescopes of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.

Michael Kuhlen, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Theoretical Astrophysics Center, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored with Mt. Tam Astronomy Program

Admission: FREE

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  • Tucker H.

    A well-done, expert talk on dark matter; and an EXCELLENT tour of the night sky.

    June 24, 2012

  • Eric

    BTW, here are some excellent dining ideas in Mill Valley:­

    June 21, 2012

  • Eric

    Special note to attendees:
    The Mountain Theatre is an outdoor theater.
    Mt. Tam can be spectacular on a warm June evening. (And “temperature inversions” DO often render it warmer on top of the mountain than down below near the Bay!) Just wear layers, and bring a good flashlight along with your sense of wonder.

    June 21, 2012

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