You are cordially invited to

    our 31th annual “Big Event” for members,

    Revealing The Nature of Dark Matter

    Dr. Dan Hooper

    Fermi National Laboratory

    Batavia, Illinois


    Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    at the

    Triton College Performing Arts Center

    2000 N. Fifth Avenue, River Grove, IL

    (on the east side of Fifth Ave.)

    The Cernan Earth & Space Center’s next “Big Event” will be held on the evening of Saturday, September 12, 2015.

    Over the past several decades, astronomers and cosmologists have built an extremely compelling case that most of the matter in our universe is not made of atoms, but instead consists of some other substance (or substances) that does not significantly reflect, radiate, or absorb light. For lack of a better name, this material is simply known as "dark matter".

    But what is this dark matter made up of? Despite many proposed possibilities, this question remains an open one. Recently, however, a signal of gamma rays has been observed from the center of the Milky Way, and may be the breakthrough that we have long been waiting for. If these gamma rays are in fact being produced by the interactions of dark matter particles, they promise to reveal much about this elusive substance, and may be a major step toward identifying the underlying nature of our universe's dark matter

    Dan Hooper is a member of Fermilab's theoretical astrophysics group and an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and astrophysics, and in particular on the questions related to dark matter. He is the author of Dark Cosmos: In Search of our Universe's Missing Matter and Energy and Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search of a Unified Theory of Matter and Force.

    Dr Hooper will have his books listed above for sale that evening.

    This very special event is offered only to Friends of the Cernan Center members and their immediate families. (No guests, please). If you would like to attend this gala event, please contact Karen Pieranunzi at karenpieranunzi@triton.edu by Friday, August 28th.