Monster Black Holes: Astronomy Talk | Peninsula
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Foothill College | 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
As part of the 14th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, astronomer professor Chung-Pei Ma, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Centers of Galaxies, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, May 21, at 7 pm in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.
Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the cosmos and have long entranced the public as well as astronomers. Today we understand that black holes can grow to monstrous size, swallowing the mass of millions or billions of suns. New telescopes and techniques in the past decade have expanded and improved our ability to weigh such “supermassive black holes.”
Dr. Ma will describe recent discoveries of record-breaking black holes, each with a mass of 10 billion times the mass of the Sun. New evidence shows that these objects could be the dormant remnants of powerful “quasars” that existed in the young universe.
Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is first come, first served. Arrive early to locate parking.