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LECTURE: Colliding Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and the Event Horizon Telescope
October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Colliding Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and the Event Horizon Telescope
By Dr. Ivan Booth
Ground-breaking observations during the last four years have confirmed Einstein’s general relativity and revolutionized astrophysics. Gravitational wave astronomers now hear a black hole merger almost every week. They’ve heard black holes eat neutron stars and neutron stars collide to form new black holes. Radio astronomers have even taken a picture of the event horizon itself. In this talk Dr. Ivan Booth will discuss these amazing observations and preview what’s still to come. Spoiler: it’s only going to get better!
About the Lecturer:
Born and raised in St. John’s, Dr. Ivan Booth did his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at MUN and then went on to Waterloo for his PhD. He is now a professor of mathematics and physics at MUN. His research is black hole physics specializing in how black holes evolve as they interact with their environment. He is a theorist but closely follows the fast-changing world of gravitational wave astronomy.
Admission is $5 and supports educational programming.
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