In the last 50 years astronomers have realised that an invisible type of mass exists in the Universe, outweighing all of the atoms in every star, planet and person five times over. It’s responsible for holding the galaxy together, for making the galaxies form where they do in the cosmos and is our best guide to physics beyond the Higgs boson, aka the ‘god’ particle. Yet astronomers are no nearer to understanding its nature.  Using a combination of baby universes created on Australia’s most powerful telescopes, next generation telescopes like the Australian SKA Pathfinder, and rather fittingly, with a wine glass, Alan will explore what we know about the invisible and howAustralia may uncover the most sought after particle in physics with the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, SABRE.


Dr Alan Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne University creating baby universes on the nation’s most powerful supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter holding it together. With colleagues from around the world, he is attempting to find this dark matter with SABRE, the first such detector in the Southern Hemisphere. He is also a team member mapping out the dark matter in the universe using galaxies found with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.


10:00 PM@Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

 Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.