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Exhibition "Evolution of the Universe"

A Journey in time through our cosmos at the Deutsches Museum

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through time which begins 13,7 billion years ago and ends with a glimpse at the future of the Universe. En route the visitors learn how space, time, matter and the large structures in space have formed. An excursion into today’s Universe describes the life cycle of stars, the structure and development of galaxies and the roles Black Holes play in the process.

Time travel: Big Bang (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: a short moment after the Big Bang - the universe as big as a football (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: the excess of ordinary matter over antimatter our universe is made of (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Time travel: the first second after the Big Bang (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: Original part of the Large Hadron Collider (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Time travel: 380.000 Jahre - the cosmic microwave background is released (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Time travel: 1 Billion years after the Big Bang - development of the large structures of the universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: original crystal of the CRESST experiment in search for the dark matter (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Hands-on experiment: development of the large structures of the universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Hands-on experiment: gravitational lensing (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Time travel: 13,7 Billion years after the Big Bang - the today's universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: model of ESO's planned European Extremely Large Telescopes (E-ELT (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: the black hole in the middle of our universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Time travel: the future of the universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Detail: artist's impression of the expanding universe (Photo: Joshua Burkert)
Panorama: overview over the exhibition (Photo: Joshua Burkert, Exhibition design: Die Werft)

The exhibition combines findings from astronomy, astrophysics, nuclear and particle physics in order to present the history of the development of the cosmos from different perspectives. The current level of research is clearly depicted with video and visual material.

Hands-on experiments show what we can learn from cosmic background radiation, how important Dark Matter is and why oxygen, iron and gold are found on earth.

The exhibition is located in the „round room“ of the astronomy section on the 5th floor of the Deutsches Museum. Opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

The exhibition was planned, financed and realized in 2009 by five research institutes in Munich and Garching:

  • European Southern Observatory (ESO)
  • Excellence Cluster Universe
  • Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
  • Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE))
  • Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP)

In 2014 "Evolution of the Universe" was extensively updated.

Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Exzellenzcluster Universe

Boltzmannstr. 2
D-85748 Garching

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