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"Dark Universe" (2/11/2016 - 30/4/2017)

 

Dark Universe

The Universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined.

Atoms, which make up the stars, planets and even our bodies, amount to less than 5 percent of the content of the Universe. Another 25 percent is a mysterious, invisible substance called dark matter. It supplies the gravitational force needed to hold galaxies together. The remaining 70 percent, known as dark energy, accounts for the accelerated expansion of the Universe and sets a limit on the size of the Universe that humans can observe. Some astronomers speculate that if the observable Universe were the size of a planetarium dome, the entire Universe would be larger than the planet Earth—others even suggest that it may be infinitely large.

The Sky Show "Dark Universe" whisks audiences out of our home galaxy, drops them alongside a parachute descending through Jupiter's atmosphere to find evidence of what happened even earlier in cosmic history, and brings them all the way to the afterglow of the Big Bang while revealing the breakthroughs in astronomy that give us an increasingly detailed and precise picture of how the Universe formed and evolved. Come along on a great journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries that we have yet to solve—in "Dark Universe".


Sky Show "Dark Universe" Trailer
 

Milky way
Less than a century ago, many scientists thought that our Milky Way galaxy was the entire Universe. Our perception of the Universe had not changed until the astronomers aimed their telescope at the Andromeda Galaxy, and found that it was over 2 million light years away.

Mount Wilson
Mount Wilson Observatory in California is where astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the receding speeds of galaxies were in direct proportion to their distances from us. His finding provided a strong support to the Big Bang Theory. The name "Big Bang" was coined by the astronomer Fred Hoyle, who advocated the Steady State Theory of the Universe. He thought that the idea of cosmic expansion was ridiculous. In the instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded at least 1050 times in 10-24 seconds — or
100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times
in 0.00000000000 0000000000001 seconds!

Bell Horns
The radio astronomers at Bell Labs who detected the cosmic background radiation (an evidence for the Big Bang theory) once thought that the faint noise signal might have been caused by pigeon droppings inside the antenna.

Dark Matter
The terms "dark matter" and "dark energy" got their names from different astronomers. The two "darks" are not related, except that neither can be directly observed with light.

 

Show Period : 2 November 2016 to 30 April 2017
Place : Stanley Ho Space Theatre
Admission Fees : Front stalls $24, Stalls $32 (Standard)
Front stalls $12, Stalls $16 (Concession)
- Concession is applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying carer), and senior citizens aged 60 or above
- Children under 3 years old will not be admitted
Duration : 36 minutes (the first 10 minutes is a music planetarium show)
Show Schedule : Please refer to Stanley Ho Space Theatre Show Schedule
Ticketing : Please refer to "Ticketing Information" 
- Advance booking up to one week is available
- URBTIX Internet Ticketing : http://www.urbtix.hk 
- Telephone credit card booking : 2111 5999
- Ticketing enquiries: 3761 6661

Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.