To celebrate the International Day of Light on 16th May a sample of Vantablack, the blackest material on Earth, will go on display in the Elements gallery at the Ulster Museum.
Soot absorbs more than 97% of light hitting it, which is why it looks so black. But Vantablack (Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays) is far blacker still. It absorbs 99.97% of the light. Almost no light is reflected back, so what is there to see? Come and find out for yourself.
Join us in the gallery from 7pm to marvel at this ‘very dark thing’.
At 7.45 join Liz Conlon, from the Institute of Physics, to hear about the very nature of light, how light helps us understand so many aspects of ourselves and our Universe, and how light pervades human culture from ancient times to the present day.
Tickets for this event are free, however booking is advisable