Learn about Our Soon-to-Open Space Show in a Live Stream: Monday 10/28 at 9 am

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Dark Universe, our brand-new Space Show, opens in just one week! For a preview, watch live next Monday, October 28, at 9 am EST as Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a discussion with the team behind the Show.

Opening Saturday, November 2, Dark Universe hones in on two mind-bending astronomical discoveries, both suggesting that "ordinary matter"—stars, planets, people and puppies, even black holes—make up less than 5 percent of the universe. Dark matter, along with dark energy, astrophysicists hypothesize, comprises the rest. Here are two videos to learn more about each mysterious cosmic phenomenon.

In the first video, astrophysicist Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, who curated Dark Universe, explains the history of the discovery of dark matter, and two astronomers, Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin, who conducted the pioneering research.

In this video, Dr. Mac Low gives an overview of dark energy—and how researchers went from assuming the universe was expanding but decelerating to understanding that the universe was expanding—and accelerating. 

Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration. The Space Show is narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Don't forget to watch live on Monday, October 28, at 9 am EST.

Visit amnh.org/dark-universe for more information and to buy tickets to the show.