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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

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!

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.