A Universe of Surprises

November 1, 2019
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dark Matter Lab
734 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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Our Universe is full of surprises, from ghost remnants of black hole jets to exotic planets around distant stars to Boyajian’s star, the most mysterious star in our galaxy. Drs. Chris Lintott and Laura Trouille will use these unexpected discoveries to explore what we know—and what we don’t—about our dynamic Universe. They’ll examine how scientists cope with surprises, reveal what it’s like to think you might have found aliens, and explain how you too might make a remarkable discovery from the comfort of your home. With future telescopes, scanning the sky night after night, set to provide astronomers with a dynamic view of the Universe for the first time, there’s never been a better time to look up at the night sky—and be surprised!

Join us for C2ST’s FIRST EVER VIRTUAL REALITY program! C2ST will serve as a satellite lecture host at Dark Matter Coffee’s Lab as we watch Adler Planetarium’s Kavli lecture on Youtube 360 using Google Glasses and your personal phone!

A personal smartphone with the ability to access the internet is required for each participant.

We recommend downloading the YouTube App and the Google Cardboard App ahead of time for best viewing.

Additionally, guests should bring headphones/earbuds to plug into their phone so they can hear the lecture better.


Event Details

Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm., Dark Matter Lab, 734 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612. This program is FREE to attend. Seating and Google Glasses to facilitate the Virtual Reality experience will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking and Transportation

Paid street parking is available on the streets surrounding Dark Matter Lab.

Dark Matter Mothership Lab is easily accessible by multiple bus lines. For detailed travel information visit www.transitchicago.com or call the Travel Information Center at 1-888-YOUR-CTA or 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (TTY). For parking options, please visit https://www.chipublib.org/plan-your-visit-to-hwlc/parking-near-hwlc/.

Notice: As a guest of Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), you agree to be photographed, videotaped, or filmed and grant C2ST permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may deem proper including marketing, advertising (print, radio, and television) and PR-related activities.

We are dedicated to providing a professional and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Please be respectful of diversity in individuals and in cultures at our events.