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Special Presentation for the 30th Anniversary of Detection of Supernova SN 1987A Neutrino: “First Rays of Neutrino Astronomy”

March 27, 2017

Event Details

Event Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students
Date(s) March 14, 2017 — June 11, 2017
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque 2F [PANTHEON]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
*Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81 3 5777 8600 (Hello Dial)

On February 23, 1987, a burst of light from SN 1987A, a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud approximately 160,000 light-years away, was observed. The Kamiokande detector, which was located 1000m underground in Kamioka-cho (Gifu Prefecture), detected the neutrinos emitted from a supernova burst for the first time in the world. This success clarified the mechanism of the supernova burst and marked the beginning of the field of neutrino astronomy. Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba, Special University Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this achievement in 2002. Due to this achievement, the importance of neutrino research was recognized and the successor of the Kamiokande detector, Super-Kamiokande, was constructed. In 1998, the discovery of neutrino oscillation by the Super-Kamiokande and Professor Takaaki Kajita, Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo, was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015. It was SN 1987A that has led to Japan staying at the forefront of global neutrino research. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of its detection, this special presentation showcases some of the related research materials.


[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)
[Co-Organizer] Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo + International Center for Elementary Particle Physics

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