Carleton to Host Grand Opening of Exhibit on Amazing Research at SNO and SNOLAB

Carleton University will host an opening ceremony for the exhibit “New Eyes on the Universe,” which celebrates amazing discoveries at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and SNOLAB — a world-class science facility located two kilometres below the surface of the ground in Sudbury, Ont.

The interactive exhibit showcases how Nobel Prize-winning results from SNO and current experiments at SNOLAB are pushing frontiers in astroparticle physics. Visitors will also learn about Carleton’s significant and longstanding contributions to research about the origins of the universe.

Media and members of the public are welcome to attend the grand opening celebration.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Where: Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons Building, Carleton University

Who: Carleton President Alastair J.S. Summerlee; Carleton Prof. David Sinclair, a SNO founder and former head of SNOLAB; Nobel Laureate Art McDonald, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita.

The exhibit will be housed at Carleton’s Residence Commons for three weeks in October. Members of the public are welcome to tour the exhibit daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Oct. 22, subject to the schedule of events.

Background: New Eyes on the Universe

The 800-square-foot exhibit features 40 panels with spectacular images documenting the history and development of SNO and SNOLAB, interactive video kiosks, a virtual tour of SNOLAB, and the stories of the people behind the science. Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald, whose work at SNO helped lead to the breakthrough discovery that neutrinos have mass and change identities as they travel from the sun to the Earth, is a life-sized video presenter; there are also artifacts such as intricate particle detector components and a 1-to-50 scale model of the SNO detector.

“New Eyes on the Universe” opened at Canada House in London’s Trafalgar Square on July 1, 2016 before travelling to the Telus World of Science in Edmonton, the town hall in Deep River, Ont., Queen’s University and Science North in Sudbury, Ont. After Carleton, it is scheduled to go to the Université de Montréal, the Discovery Centre in Halifax and Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre.

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