Science Under the Dome
Science Under the Dome is back for the Winter 2017 semester! We have monthly talks lined up for January - April.
Join us Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm for
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!
Schedule for Winter 2017:
|January 19, 2017||Prof. Ed Cackett, Wayne State||Mapping Black Holes|
|February 16, 2017||Prof. Emily Rauscher, University of Michigan||Peering into the Atmospheres of Strange New Worlds|
|March 23, 2017||Prof. David Cinabro, Wayne State||
Exploding Stars, Life, The Universe, and Everything
|April 20, 2017||Prof. Jerry Dunifer, Wayne State||
The Geographic South Pole and Its Telescopes
The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.