Explore Secrets of the Universe With UC Davis Physicist in Spectacular IMAX Movie

Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez
Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez

Venture from the tiniest subatomic particles to the grand scale of the galaxies and step inside the biggest machine ever built in Secrets Of The Universe, a new IMAX movie. Secrets Of The Universe will have its global premiere at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on July 10. 

Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez, a physics professor in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, is your guide inside CERN, where scientists from around the world are using the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most complex machine ever built, to probe the smallest particles and answer ultimate questions about the universe. 

“I am very excited to bring this work to the biggest of screens,” Calderón de la Barca Sánchez said. “The size of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider is such that the giant-screen format is the best way to do justice to their scale. While few people can have the opportunity to see the detectors first-hand, this will allow many more to get a sense of the size of these behemoths. I’m hopeful that the giddiness that many of us feel when we see them can be shared with many young children, our future scientists.”

The IMAX format uniquely captures the colossal scale of the Large Hadron Collider, which discovered the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. Calderón de la Barca Sánchez and his students are using the machine to recreate conditions a microsecond after the Big Bang, when a superhot plasma filled the universe. At the limits of our knowledge, they are trying to understand the strongest of the fundamental forces of nature.  

Aimed especially at a school age audience, the movie connects these new discoveries to pioneers of science such as Galileo, Charles Darwin and Marie Curie. 

Following the premiere at the National Air and Space Museum, Secrets Of The Universe will be shown at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago from July 19 and at the Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City from August 20. See https://secretsoftheuniversefilm.com/theater-listings/ for updated listings. The producers are also working on a Spanish-language version. 

Secrets Of The Universe was produced by K2 Studios and directed by Stephen Low. It was produced in association with the Perimeter Institute, Ontario, Canada with major funding from the National Science Foundation and support from the National Science Teachers Association, Continental Development Corporation and the Richard Lounsberry Foundation. 

Andy Fell, UC Davis News and Media Relations