Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen

August 29, 2018| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Museum News, Planetarium News, Programs and Events

Physicist and author Mark Bowen presents at the Fairbanks Museum on Friday, September 28, at 6:00 PM!

Author Mark Bowen will read from his recent book The Telescope In The Ice, followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available to purchase in our Nature Store before and during the event. Following Bowen’s talk, we will be premiering a new fulldome planetarium show in the Lyman Spitzer Jr Planetarium called Chasing The Ghost Particle. Please call (802) 748-2372‬ to reserve tickets for this event. The planetarium show premier is at 7:00 PM and tickets will be prioritized to those that also attend the talk.

Mark Bowen is a physicist and writer, living in Barnet, Vermont. His most recent book, The Telescope In the Ice: Inventing a New Astronomy at the South Pole is about the building of the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole, which Scientific American has called the “weirdest” of the seven wonders of modern astronomy. His previous books are both about climate science and global warming: Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming and Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains. He has also written for Natural History, Scientific American, Science, Technology Review, Climbing, and AMC Outdoors.
The fulldome planetarium show, Chasing The Ghost Particle, dovetails perfectly with Bowen’s talk. 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.

Tags: astronomy, Eye on the Night Sky, Fairbanks Musem, Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, planetarium, presentation