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January 19, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

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

presented by

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.

For more information about this event, please contact Ed Cackett at 313 577 9355 or ecackett@wayne.edu.