Super K Sonic BOOOOum
An installation in London makes particles physics an awesome interactive experience.
Image by Mark Waugh
If you’ve been looking for a way to get people excited about physics, look no further than this year’s Manchester Science Festival. The festival (that ended in October) featured a mind-bending, interactive installation by artist Nelly Ben Hayoun, that attempted to teach participants about particle physics by inserting them right inside one of its reactions!
Visitors were invited to put on full-body white Tvyek suits, and paddle their way down a 72 foot tunnel whose walls were lined with golden balloons. The installation was supposed to mimic the experience of being inside the Super-Kamiokande (pictured below), a neutrino observatory located 3,281 feet underground in Hida, Japan, that studies proton decay, solar and atmospheric neutrinos, and searches for supernovas in the Milky Way galaxy.