Coffee and biscuits in the physics concourse from 6.00pm.
A vast array of different types of astronomical observation all come to the same remarkable conclusion - that everything we can see in the universe is but a small fraction of what is in fact 'out there'. The majority of the matter in the universe is 'dark' and is most likely composed of particles whose properties are fundamentally different to those making up the material of everyday life. This view is now the standard theory of cosmology, and provides perhaps the best evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model, yet to date no direct evidence as to its truth has been established. The race to make the key discovery is hotting up, with one of the wolrd's leading groups based nearby in a salt and potash mine in the North East of England. Come and learn about the strange universe we live in, and how we are trying to test our theories.