Monthly Meeting 19 June 2024

The Case for Dark Matter with Dr Matt Bothwell

About the Talk

Over the past 50 years, astronomers have become increasingly certain that most of the Universe is made up of a mysterious invisible substance that we do not properly understand. This stuff — known as ‘Dark Matter’ — is thought to play an integral role in the evolution of the Universe, and is ultimately responsible for our existence here on Earth. But despite its importance, Dark Matter has never actually been detected! Dr Bothwell will lay out the observational evidence that has led scientists to believe something which — on the surface — seems so incredibly bizarre.

About this month’s speaker

Dr Matt Bothwell is the public astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy and an astrophysicist by training.

He is an experienced science communicator and science writer and has written popular astronomy books for both adults and children.

His bio can be found here


Anyone is welcome – beginner or expert – and there is no need to pre-book. A small charge applies to help us cover costs (typically £3 for non-members; £2 for NEAS members; U16s free). Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm.

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19 Jun 2024




Henry Dixon Hall
The Henry Dixon Hall, Henry Dixon Road, Rivenhall End, Essex, CM8 3HR