University of Wisconsin–Madison

Chasing the Ghost Particle

Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe will show in Madison on Wednesday, January 22 7pm at the Marquee in Union South. The showing is free and presented by WUD Film and WIPAC as a special presentation of Wednesday Nite @ the Lab.

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes.

In this 30-minute show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe will take you on a journey you won’t forget.

Download the show poster (pdf)
Chasing the Ghost Particle is a co-production of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Milwaukee Public Museum. For information about bringing this show to a planetarium near you, please contact Jim Madsen.
Attention UW-Madison grad students! Win a free trip to the November 21 Ghost Particle premiere thanks to the UW Madison Graduate School. Contest ends November 11.