Green-blue sunset on Mars, a hidden Klimt and other chemical stories

12 November, 16:30 to 17:30, Hall 42 in association with Microsoft
teenage and adults

Professor Dr. Franz Renz from the Leibniz University, a member of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission Spirit und Opportunity, investigates the Martian surface since 2004. Join him to hear about the green-blue Martian sunsets, several other scientific highlights and exciting stories around the mission of the two rovers. The 140cm tall rovers are driven by solar power. Like a geological scientist the rovers have got some scientific devices like the MIMOSII to identify minerals, e.g. Jarosit, which grows only in liquid water and proved that the Mars was once a blue planet. The same MIMOSII device revealed a hidden artwork around Gustav Klimt.

This is an exclusive screening for visitors at the venue and was filmed in a recent live event. In English, without translation
In partnership with the Austrian Embassy

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Science in the City: Stargazing

12 November, 8.30 to 9.30 pm, Astronomical observatory “Nicolaus Copernicus” 
general audience, free access

Stroll over to Varna’s own Observatory amidst the Sea Garden and look at Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon through their telescope.

This event is obviously dependent on suitable weather which we cannot guarantee at the time of publishing.

Astronomical observatory "Nicolaus Copernicus" View Map

On the Edge of Time/Space: Capturing the Fist Image of a Black Hole

13 November, 16:30 to 17:30, Cosmos Hall in association with A1
general audience

Dr. Dominic Pesce is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics studying black holes, radio astronomy, and observational cosmology. Pesce is part of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, an international team of researchers working to capture the highest-resolution images of black holes and other astronomical objects. In his presentation, Pesce will walk us through the history of the EHT, describe how many individual radio dishes around the world can be linked together to operate as a single Earth-sized telescope, and recount the journey of how astronomers were able to use this network of telescopes to capture the first image of a black hole.

This event will be an exclusive screening of a recent live event, only available for audiences at the festival. In English without translation.
In partnership with the Embassy of the USA.

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The Mirror Trap

13 November, 20.00 (GMT+2), seated anywhere in front of a mirror and logged online on Zoom
for adult audiences, in English only

Paul Gato has been through a lot. He has been signed off from the university again. His colleagues say he has not been himself. He has been sending them e-mails filled with ramblings and Feynman diagrams. He said, “There is nothing more dangerous than being trapped between mirrors”. Paul might be losing his mind, but he might still be right. Dare you take part in his final experiment?

An online immersive experience for headphones and a mirror.
The Mirror Trap is a short headphone play/experience/installation/horror story about psychology
and quantum physics. Previous audience members have described it as “weird”, “trippy”, “deeply unsettling”; and “terribly sad”. It is quite meditative in tone, so don’t expect any jump scares. Some viewers may find some of the content triggering.
After the show, its creator, British biologist, writer and science communicator Simon Watt, will be joined by his two Bulgarian guests, neuropsychiatrist Neda Lapteva and physicist Plamen Ivanov, to discuss what you have experienced.

Running time: 45 minutes (including post-show)