Ghost Particle: An Eye on Cosmic Explosions

The Department of Physics and Astronomy held events in the planetarium, showcasing the chase in Antarctica for small particles created by major cosmic bursts, like black-holes or star eruptions.

The show on Sunday, Feb. 15, began with the usual oration of information about major stars in the Milky Way galaxy, as well as notable constellations and their mythological significance. GhostParticles

Students leading the show then presented a narrated video about neutrinos, or cosmic messengers that travel from deep parts of space uninterrupted and without electrical charges. The neutrinos travel through human bodies and even through entire planets.

Although the show had a moment of technical difficulties, it did not impede intentions of informing the audience about important, leading work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During intermission, a young boy to my right said Orion was his favorite constellation because, “That’s my name, only spelled different.”

The boy, Oryon, was with Wendy Hoffman, at the show and afterward, said  “it was really good. We’ve been coming here for years now and are never disappointed.”

The show, created by Dr. Randy Olson, is supplemented by student involvement; senior members do more hands-on work with slides and the light show itself.

Upcoming shows on this topic will be at 2 p.m. on March 1, 8, and 29.


Jazmine Bevers


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