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Join us on a fantastic journey that will take us from the tiniest subatomic particles, to the bizarre world of black holes, and the search for extra planets in our solar system. Curious? Come out for a Pint of Science !!!
What Do Subatomic Particles Look Like?
Savino Longo (PhD candidate in Physics at the University of Victoria)
From subatomic quarks to the infamous Higgs boson, this talk will illustrate how the basic building blocks of nature can be explored at today’s high energy particle colliders. I will give insights on how the University of Victoria studies these fundamental particles by participating in international collaborations such as the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and the Belle II experiment at Japan’s SuperKEKB collider. These cutting-edge experiments are pursuing answers to some of biggest mysteries of the universe: What is dark matter? What happened to all the anti-matter ?
The Black Hole Zoo
Kate Taylor (MSc candidate in Physics at the University of Victoria)
Almost one hundred years ago, Einstein published the theory of general relativity giving us a unified theory of space and time as well as a string of wild predictions. General relativity explains Mercury's strange orbit, predicts gravitational lensing of light, the existence of black holes, and many more remarkable things. Join me as we go through the history of black holes from theoretical predictions to recent experimental detections. I think you will see that black holes are a group of objects marked by uncontrolled behaviour... sounds like a zoo!
Planet 9 or Planet Nein?
Dr Samantha Lawler (Plaskett Fellow at the NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre)
Over the last couple of years, there have been many headlines about the possibility of an undiscovered giant planet in the outer reaches of our Solar System. But is it real? I will lead you through the Wild West of the distant Kuiper Belt with a surprisingly digestible (we promise!) discussion of orbital dynamics, observation biases, and dwarf planet discoveries. I will show you the latest discoveries from a large international collaboration, including astronomers right here in Victoria, and you can decide for yourself whether or not you believe in Planet 9.