What excites Neil Tyson about the universe?

"So often an exhibit or a show...celebrates what we know—and you expect that—but how about the stuff we don't know?" asks Neil deGrasse Tyson in this spine-tingling preview of the new Space Show Dark Universe.

"That excites me," he adds.

The Space Show, which opens at the Hayden Planetarium on November 2, celebrates all that we've learned about the universe so far—and the mysteries we have yet to solve. Hear from Dark Universe curator Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson, and director Carter Emmart in this sneak preview:

To recap: Dark Universe starts 100 million light years away from Earth. After flying to our own Milky Way Galaxy, visualized using the latest scientific data, and to our own planet, viewers arrive at California’s Mount Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the universe is expanding gave the first hint of the Big Bang. That initial discovery, and ever more sensitive instruments on the ground and in space, led to other breakthroughs that give astronomers an increasingly detailed and precise picture of how our universe formed and evolved.

But these revelations have also uncovered intriguing new mysteries. What is the mysterious dark energy accelerating cosmic expansion? What is the invisible dark matter underlying galaxies that, together with dark energy, account for at least 95 percent of the universe’s total energy and mass? What lies beyond our cosmic horizon?

Read more about Dark Universe on our blog.

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