For our February lecture, UCC Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr Paul Callanan will talk about those mysterious objects so fundamental to astronomy, black holes. The date is Mon 10th Feb 2020 at 8 pm, and the venue is UCC. Please arrive 10 minutes early, or if you wish to join, then ideally at 7.40 if you can.
Understanding the nature of black holes remains one of the great challenges of modern astronomy.
More than 100 years ago, Einstein produced a remarkable theory which could be used predict the basic properties of black holes, but it was only this year, in 2019, when we finally got a glimpse of what a black hole really looks like. In this talk Paul will explore what we know about black holes, and what the most recent observations tell us about them. We will also see how Irish astronomers, 100 years ago this year, made observations which helped to show that Einstein’s theory of gravity was correct; an important milestone in the application of his theory to black holes and the universe at large.