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It's been a big week in the field of physics, with an international team of researchers announcing they had detected direct evidence of the universe’s earliest expansion in a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang. Immerse yourself in the history and mysteries of the universe this weekend with a visit to the Museum.

Find Out How We Know What We Know About the Universe

The new Space Show Dark Universe, now playing at the Museum, celebrates pivotal discoveries that have led to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe. Astrophysicist Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, who explained this week's findings about cosmic "inflation" in the moments after the Big Bang in this blog post, curated the current Dark Universe, which is narrated by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Dark Universe starts 100 million light years away from Earth. After flying to our own Milky Way Galaxy, visualized using the latest scientific data, and to our own planet, viewers arrive at California’s Mount Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the universe is expanding gave the first hint of the Big Bang. The show features a variety of stunning scenes, including a vivid depiction of a robotic spacecraft plunging to its final demise in Jupiter's atmosphere, as in the image below, during a mission that gathered measurements that helped provide evidence supporting the Big Bang theory. 


Learn more about the Space Show in this trailer.

Dark Universe

Dark Universe


Fly Through Cosmic History in Just Four Minutes

The presentation in the Big Bang Theater on the lower level of the Hayden Planetarium takes visitors on a thrilling ride. Witness the Big Bang and the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets, then ponder mysterious phenomena dark matter and dark energy.



Join Us for NASA Sun/Earth Day

On Saturday, March 22, from noon to 5 pm, celebrate our home planet—and its closest star, the Sun—and talk with scientists, look through telescopes, and engage in hands-on activities at this family-friendly event.

NASA Sun/Earth Day features special viewings of 3D footage of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and a Hayden Planetarium presentation depicting how Earth's magnetosphere protects the planet. 

Learn more about NASA Sun/Earth Day, free for Members or with Museum admission.



Ponder the Future of Space Business 

In case you missed Wednesday's 2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate moderated by Tyson, listen to the lively panel about commercial spaceflight and more in a Museum podcast or watch the video, below.