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Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe

Presented by Prof. Jonathan McKinney

Black holes are everywhere in the Universe. They form when massive stars end their life in a simultaneous violent collapse and energetic explosion. Galaxies end up littered with small black holes, each roughly the mass of ten Suns. Nearly every galaxy center ends up with a single huge black hole, with the mass of a million to a billion Suns. During their lifetimes, black holes chew up their surroundings and spew out ultra-energetic beams of radiation and matter that are visible from across the Universe. In this lecture, I will discuss how black holes form, outline how we detect them, and show movies that illustrate how they work according to Einstein and state-of-the-art computer simulations. We will see that these blackest of all objects in the Universe actually shine the brightest.

Past Event

Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe

Presented by Prof. Jonathan McKinney

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
12:30–1:30 p.m. PDT
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