Come join us for our monthly Astronomy talk!
7:30pm to 8pm: Social time, come and mingle. We will have snacks and beverages.
Talk begins at 8pm.
Topic: Black holier than thou!
Speaker: Dr. Martin Gaskell
I will explain how supermassive black holes are the root cause of a wide range of phenomena seen in galaxies and I will point out examples of these things that you can see with your own telescope.
Martin Gaskell is an astrophysicist in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has spent his career studying the inner regions of active galactic nuclei close to their supermassive black holes. Like many professional astronomers, Martin began as an amateur building his own telescopes and he still enjoys sharing telescope making and star gazing with people of all ages. Outside of astronomy, Martin is active as composer of classical music and teaches a course on the physics and psychophysics of music at UCSC. He is also interested in the interface between Christianity and astronomy. If you want a preview of what Martin will talk about, check out his TEDx talk on YouTube about supermassive black holes.