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Dark matter and dinosaurs: The astounding interconnectedness of the Universe

11 January, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£10

66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed and destroyed the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. Where did it come from, and why? And how is this connected to dark matter – the most mysterious, elusive stuff in the Universe, that interacts with gravity like ordinary matter but doesn’t emit or absorb light?

Astronomers know it’s there but it is literally invisible. Lisa Randall will tell the story of Big Bang theory, cosmological inflation, the makeup of the universe and our solar system’s place in it; she’ll explore mass extinctions through the ages, what we know has hit the Earth and what might hit us in the future. And the radical idea that dark matter might ultimately have been responsible for the dinosaurs’ extinction.

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The Royal Institution
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+44 (0)20 7409 2992
Website:
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The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Phone:
+44 (0)20 7409 2992
Website:
http://www.rigb.org