Hayden Planetarium Programs
Frontiers Lecture: Neutrino Hunters with Ray Jayawardhana
December 9, 2013
Renowned astrophysicist and award-winning author Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who chase them. For more than 80 years, brilliant and eccentric scientists around the world have been searching for neutrinos—tiny but elusive subatomic particles with zero electric charge. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically “shy” that neutrino hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to the nature of anti-matter and what the universe was like just seconds after the Big Bang, but they are extremely elusive and difficult to pin down—much like the scientists who doggedly pursue them.
Following the lecture, Dr. Jayawardhana will sign copies of his book Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Case for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.
Before you go, listen to a podcastof Dr. Jayawardhana speaking at the Museum in 2011.
Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family.
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January 13, 2014
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January 28, 2014
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February 3, 2014
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February 14, 2014
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February 25, 2014
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