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The Team Behind Dark Universe

Part of the Dark Universe exhibition.

Space Show Team Reviews in the Dome Interior
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Dark Universe Curator Mordecai-Mark Mac Low

Dark Universe Mordecai Mac Low Headshot

Mordecai-Mark Mac Low is curator in the Department of Astrophysics, where his work focuses on understanding the formation of planets, stars, and galaxies and the structure of the interstellar gas. He is also professor at the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School and an adjunct professor at Columbia University as well as a research professor at Drexel University and vice-chair of the federal Astronomy & Astrophysics Advisory Committee. In addition to being the curator for Dark Universe, he was lead curator on the Space Show Journey to the Stars and contributed simulations to two earlier Space Shows. Before joining the Museum in 1999, Mac Low was a scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at NASA Ames Research Center. Mac Low received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1983, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985 and 1989, respectively. 

Dark Universe Curator Mordecai-Mark Mac Low explains what we know about dark matter—and what physicists are still working to understand.


Dark Universe Director Carter Emmart