North Pennines - Cloud Chamber Workshop

North Pennines Observatory
NE47 9HR

01388 528801

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Witness beautiful trails made by unseen cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us and our world. A cloud chamber gives us a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the radioactive decay of naturally occurring elements and those generated when cosmic rays strike the top of the Earth’s atmosphere. You will make your own mini-cloud chamber from simple materials and see a larger cloud chamber in action. Using a sealed plastic container, some pure alcohol and dry ice you will create a super-saturated environment where the invisible charged particles ionize the vapour in their path triggering a condensation process in the ‘cloud’. It is suitable for adults and children 12 and over (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult). We will then discuss how a cloud chamber works and think about other even more elusive particles such as dark matter that scientists are unable to detect at present. The workshop is led by Susan Eyre, an artist who is interested in ways of visualising the unseen activity of matter around us and how we relate to the idea that most of our universe is beyond our perception; sponsored by the Institute of Physics; and part of Allenheads Contemporary Art’s Beyond Programme. Access to the Observatory is via an extremely steep access road and there is only very limited space for parking – details here This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival running from 20 October to 4 November 2018 -

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Saturday03/11/2018Saturday03/11/201814:00 - 16:00 2018-11-03T14-002018-11-03T16-00



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