Detroit, MI 48201
Join us Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm for a Science Under the Dome lecture at the Wayne State University Planetarium:
Mapping black holes
Prof. Ed Cackett, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Wayne State
Strong observational evidence confirms the existence of black holes — objects whose gravity is so strong even light cannot escape. But, how do we observe them? One way is to rely on the fact that as a black hole sucks up surrounding gas, that gas get extremely hot and emits large numbers of X-rays. X-ray observations of black holes therefore give us a glimpse of gas just before it passes the Event Horizon — the point of no return. I will discuss the different types of black holes and how using X-rays we can try and map out the region surrounding black holes.
This is a free event, but attendance is limited - please be sure to RSVP.