Public Lecture by Jason Kendall: Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

FYI, it is NOT enough to RSVP here on this page.  You MUST RSVP with the Explorers Club, or you won't get in.

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The science of astronomy has always opened new doors to discovery when a new observing technology is developed. In 1609 Galileo looked to the heavens with the first telescope, beginning what we now call the Scientific Era. In 1931, Karl Jansky viewed the sky in radio waves, seeing the Sun's emission and heralding a new vision of the cosmos. During the Cold War, orbiting gamma-ray treaty-monitoring telescopes detected elusive signals from the deaths of massive stars. Now, in 2015, a new era of observation will commence. It is then that the very first gravitational wave sources will be seen by the LIGO and VIRGO gravitational wave detectors. This completely new area of observation will be able to probe the final milliseconds of colliding black holes, as space-time warps and twists under their violent death-dance. As a neutron star rotates, tiny changes in its crust cause starquakes that would make a nuclear bomb look like a firefly. Even more tantalizing, gravitational waves are thought to be produced during the first moments of the Big Bang. The first detection will open up a new field of discovery, as we listen for the sounds of the ringing universe. Jason Kendall, Astronomy Liaison at William Paterson University, will lead you on a journey into the next great uncharted country from whose bourne, the first traveler may return.

Ticket Price: $20
Student Ticket Price: $5 w/ valid Student ID

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  • Eileen R.

    Jason seemed to cover so much I will have to give this some more thought! :)

    February 3, 2014

  • Eileen R.

    Great as usual! <3

    February 3, 2014

  • JBonBon

    Is this still happening? Or rescheduled for the weather?

    February 3, 2014

    • Julian

      The Explorer's Club says the event is on.

      February 3, 2014

  • Patricia V.

    Attending with another group

    January 21, 2014

  • Eileen R.

    Once again everyone should either e-mail or call the Explorers Club and, make a reservation and pay the $20 or $5 (student) when the arrive. At least that's how I always did it! :)

    1 · January 18, 2014

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