To inspire and engage potential scientists and engineers, The University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts its semi-annual Physics Demo Night: Astonishing Feats of Physics on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Regener Hall Auditorium, room 103 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Come and watch Undergraduates from the Society of Physics Students, along with faculty, showcase many of the exciting and interesting demonstrations that are used for introductory physics courses and lectures at UNM.

There will be a focus in mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism with a giant Newton’s Cradle, beach balls, a human gyroscope, rocket car, optical fibers, laser interference, the Tesla coil and a suspenseful implosion.

Demonstrators will answer questions such as can you make a beach ball hover in mid-air, using only a common gardening tool; can two plates held together by a vacuum, defeat a team of people; what happens when you fill a 55 gallon drum with steam, then close the lid; and how does fiber optics power the internet?

Free parking will be available on the main campus near Regener Hall, beginning at 6 p.m., in zone “B/P” on the NW quadrant of the intersection of University and Central. Click here for map.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email