The Whole Universe In Aberdeen, SD

On a trip to New York City about a year ago, my best friend and I took in the Dark Universe exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. The exhibit has its own home — a dome-shaped auditorium with loungers, allowing visitors to recline and watch as the universe zooms all around them. It was so thrilling and visually stimulating that we lingered when the lights came back up, able only to utter small squeals to each other through wide smiles. Bonus: It was narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The universe fascinates me. If I were better at math, physics would have been a great career path for me. But, instead, I’m a journalist and wrote a short preview today of an event coming up next week at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It’s called Big Science at Sanford Lab and will discuss some ongoing research at Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. The lab is working on a major project right now, building a large and sensitive dark matter detector. (Neil deGrasse Tyson himself would join in our squeals of delight and excitement over this.)

Experts from the lab will present their work at 7 p.m. March 28 in the NSU Student Center centennial rooms. The event is free and open to the public.

As an incredibly interesting side note, the Sanford Underground Research Facility, also known as Sanford Lab, is located a mile underground in a former gold mine. Everything about this is cool.

So if you’re in the Aberdeen area March 28, go. Go to this. Especially if you’re a fellow universe enthusiast (or space nerd — whatever you prefer).

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