Cosmology Exhibition "Evolution of the Universe" in the Deutsches Museum
The international year of astronomy 2009 bids farewell in a dazzling finale: The exhibition "Evolution of the Universe", which was initiated and implemented by local area research institutes, opened on 9 December 2009 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. During the following two years the exhibition will be openly accessible to all visitors of the Deutsches Museum. A festive opening ceremony was held in the evening hours of 8 December 2009.
From the Big Bang to the future fate of the Universe
The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through time, starting 13.7 billion years ago and ending with a glimpse of the future fate of the Universe. Along the way, the visitor finds out how space, time, matter and the largest structures of the Universe have formed. An excursion into today's Universe explains the life cycle of stars, galaxy formation and evolution - and the role black holes play in the process.
The exhibition takes advantage of insights from astronomy, astro-, nuclear-, and particle physics to explain the evolutionary history of the Universe from different vantage points. Graphical media such as video clips and posters are used to descriptively depict the current status of modern fundamental research.
Experiments that encourage the participation of the visitor explain what we can learn from the cosmic microwave background radiation, how important dark matter is, and why there is any oxygen, iron, and gold on Earth.
The exhibition "Evolution of the Universe" was initiated and implemented by local research institutes in Munich and Garching:
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA)
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (MPP)
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