Department of Physics and Astronomy offers fun and frights for all ages
October 22, 2021 by
After having to go virtual last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy will present its annual “Spooky Physics Night” in-person on Oct. 29.
The free program starts at 6 p.m. at Lewis Hall. The family-friendly show includes demonstrations of energy, electricity, magnetism, sound and waves, the physics of ultracold temperatures and more. The event will include both indoor and outdoor demonstrations and will close around 8:30 pm.
Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes. Prizes will be awarded.
“We are very happy to be able to host the ‘Spooky Physics Night’ in-person once again,” said Jake Bennett, assistant professor of physics and co-coordinator of the evening’s activities. “It should be an evening of fun and excitement!”
Two demo shows will be held in Lewis Hall, Room 101, featuring physics demonstrations including an air cannon and imploding a barrel using only temperature changes, at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Low-temperature physics shows will be held concurrently in Room 109 and will feature the spooky effects that come with ultracold temperatures, including using liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze ice cream.
An outdoor show will be added this year and is set for 7 p.m. outside Lewis Hall.
Bennett said the annual event is the department’s way to give something back to the community.
“The ‘Spooky Physics Night’ is always a lot of fun,” he said. “We enjoy thrilling and amazing kids and other community members and hopefully sharing the enthusiasm and excitement we have for the science behind the demonstrations.”
For more details, visit https://www.phy.olemiss.edu/oxfordsciencecafe/spooky.html.