UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization


International Year of Astronomy

“Invisible Universe”

The essential is invisible to our eyes...

“Invisible Universe”
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UNESCO Headquarters.
From 29 June to 10 July 2009

The essential is invisible to our eyes… astronomy and astrophysics and in particular modern cosmology have shown that most of the universe is invisible to our eyes and to the most advanced observational devices. What is dark matter and dark energy? These are the two big questions, which for their complexity and depth, broad scientific impact and beyond (several of these questions in modern astronomy strongly influence artists and philosophers as well) are the subject of the events entitled “Invisible Universe” which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters from 29 June to 10 July 2009.

The programme will consist of a set of three scientific events that will be at the crossroads in the worldwide debate on these two open problems - dark matter and dark energy - and that can be considered as the premises for a renewal of a revolutionary nature of our understanding of the physical world, similar to that experienced at the beginning of the twentieth century.


1. Exhibition
« Exploring the Invisible Universe »
Monday 29 June 2009 – Friday 10 July 2009

The exhibition includes a wide view on the history of astronomy, physics and important philosophical ideas and works of art which have shaped the cultural landscape of the past four centuries. The intent is to show how modern astronomy and more in general modern science has converged toward a vision of our reality which is basically based on the invisible, in the sense of non-directly detectable.

2. International Research Colloquium entitled: « Dark Side of the Universe: Toward a New Cosmological Paradigm »
Monday 29 June 2009 to Friday 3 July 2009

The research symposium will gather among the most renowned specialists on dark energy and the dark matter. It will provide a summary on the observational status of dark energy and dark matter, with contributions from top-notch scientists responsible for the largest observational programs in the field

3. General Public Symposium; "L'Univers Outre Noir: Energie Noire et Matičre Sombre "
Monday 6 July 2009 –Friday 10 July 2009

The symposium will gather some of the most outstanding French-speaking scientists, who will present to a large public the evolution of knowledge concerning the Universe. The symposium will favour the interaction between scientists and the public.


Related links:
::  UNESCO's International Year of Astronomy (website)
::  Programme (More)

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  • 25-06-2009
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