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Public Lecture by Jason Kendall: Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

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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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  • Steven

    Great speaker. Enjoyed the talk. Seemed to fly through a whole bunch of topics in a very engaging manner. I might have preferred a bit slower, with a bit more explanation. There were also a bunch of technical problems with the mic and the computer. Some of this was apparently the result of a computer drive crash earlier in the day, but not all of them. Also, the timing of the talk wasn't clear to me. I thought it started at 6:00, but it actually started after 7. It wasn't listed properly on the Meetup page.

    February 3, 2014

  • Anna

    Where is everyone meeting?

    February 2, 2014

    • Jason K.

      Meet by the polar bear.

      February 2, 2014

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