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Dark Matter

4096 х 4096 px
English, Russian
20 mins
age 16-18 and older
5 years



DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe.

e search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant.

But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

DARK is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of the universe inside supercomputers - tracing the way in which Dark Matter evolves from the Big Bang to the galaxies we see around us today.

Alan introduces us to the idea of Dark Matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why Radio Astronomy is so well- suited to its discovery.

We explore why the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Telescope, currently under construction in remote Western Australia, will be so important in this scientific quest.

But this is only the beginning.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of Dark Matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers – cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter.

ese visualisations demonstrate the cutting-edge of contemporary supercomputer visualisation of massive scientific datasets and astrophysical simulation.

It sounds like Science Fiction, but it’s not. It’s science fact. Cutting-edge research, seen in this way for the very first time.

DARK is an adventure to the very edges of contemporary cosmology and data visualisation, telling a complex scientific story with a touch of humanity.


The show is created by University of Western Australia (UWA) and is distributed under a subsidized license. Fulldome Film Society is a partner of IVEC@UWA for worldwide distribution.

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Directed by Peter Morse
Produced by Peter Morse & Paul Bourke
Presented by Alan Duffy
Written by Alan Duffy & Peter Morse
Dark Matter Simulations: Alan Duffy and Robert Crain
Dark Matter Visualisations: Paul Bourke
Digital Sky Milky Way Animation: Carley Tillett
Music: Cathie Travers
Audio: Peter Morse & Trevor Hilton
Lighting: Peter Morse & Ákos Brúz
Fulldome Timelapse: Peter Morse & Chris Henderson
Parkes Panorama: Alex Cherney
Galaxy Animation: Paul Bourke
LadyBug-3 Video: Paul Bourke
Compute & Network Support: Jason Tan, Ashley Chew, Khanh Ly (iVEC@UWA)
Galaxy Images Courtesy of Hubble, STScI, NASA
Editing, 3D Modelling, Compositing & Special Effects, Colour Grade: Peter Morse

Special thanks to:
Carley Tillett and Horizon – The Planetarium at Scitech
Paul Ricketts, Centre for Learning Technology, UWA
Thomas Braunl, UWA Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems, UWA
John Doyle, Octagon Theatre, UWA
Andreas Wicenec, ICRAR, UWA
Sally Hildred

©2012 iVEC@UWA & Peter Morse