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You are invited to hear the once-in-a-lifetime story of how Avery Broderick, Professor, University of Waterloo, peered millions of light years across space to help solve one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos — that black holes exist.
The thrilling discovery comes thanks to an international team of astrophysicists joining together to create a picture-perfect observation of a supermassive black hole located inside the massive elliptical galaxy M87. Located in the constellation of Virgo, this gargantuan object has a mass of six-and-a-half-billion Suns and measures nearly half a light-year across. Learn first-hand from professor Broderick how this revolutionary discovery will expand our understanding of gravity, how galaxies live and die, and even Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Joining him will be Brian McNamara, Professor, Department Chair and University Research Chair in Astrophysics, and Bob Lemieux, Dean, Faculty of Science.
This event will also be livestreamed and can be viewed here.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.