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Stargazing Party and lecture: "Thrills and Heartbreak: Black Holes in 2017"Export this event to calendar

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 — 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

 LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)

Photo Credit: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)

Explore the night sky with astronomers from the Faculty of Science and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!

We will meet first in the nearby Optometry building for a short lecture by the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Dr. Brian McNamara: "Thrills and Heartbreak: Black Holes in 2017". We'll move to the Columbia Fields for stargazing after that. **The lecture portion of the evening is sold out. You're welcome to come to the lecture venue and join a waiting line, which will be seated at 7:30 in any extra seats.

Thrills and Heartbreak: Black Holes in 2017

Following a decades long search, LIGO’s discovery of gravitational waves emitted by the in-spiral and mergers of a binary black hole was announced last year. The LIGO observatory’s thrilling discovery has opened a new window on the dark Universe. At about the same time, the ASTRO-H/Hitomi Observatory was launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center on a long-anticipated mission to study black holes.  However, after one month of operation following ground breaking observations of the Perseus Cluster, Hitomi spun out of control and went silent. Dr. McNamara will discuss the results from both observatories, their implications for understanding massive black holes, and prospects for future black hole research.  

This is a family-friendly event, but if your kids will have trouble sitting through a lecture, you're welcome to join us on the Columbia Fields around 8:30pm.

Please note that if the skies are cloudy, the lecture will still take place on August 9th, but we will not gather on the fields for stargazing. Please register so that we can keep you updated:

Parking will be provided in Lot X, near the lecture venue, and in the OpenText lot on Frank Tompa Drive, north of Brubacher House. It is an easy walk between both parking lots, the lecture, and the fields. Please do not park in the small gravel lot adjacent to the field, as your car lights interfere with our stargazing.

Free - Parking provided (details soon)
OPT - Optometry Building
Room 347
200 Columbia Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1