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Listening to the Cosmos: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and You
Mar 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The media went pretty crazy over that whole gravitational wave thing recently. So what’s the big deal? A couple of black holes collided, which is pretty cool, but it happened a billion light years away. Can we surf them? Will they lead to flying cars? If not, what use are they?
Humanity’s new-found ability to listen to the cosmic hum of gravitational waves will radically change the way we think about our cosmos. Dr Matt O’Dowd, astrophysicist and science communicator, will show you why. He’ll also tell you what to expect next, including hot gossip from the LIGO team and expectations for future discoveries.
Matt is a professor at the City University of New York (Lehman College) and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. He spends his time thinking about far out stuff like quasars, super-massive black holes, and evolving galaxies. He also uses a number of space telescopes to observe these mysterious entities.
When not doing science himself, Matt is usually talking about science anyway. He writes and hosts the popular PBS show Space Time, which explores the mysteries of the universe on scales from the quantum to the cosmic. For more information please check: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g
Wednesday, March 16.
Doors open at 6:30, lecture starts at 7:00.
Black Cat LES, 172 Rivington St.
General admission: $10 (we highly recommend to get tickets in advance since there is a limited space).
SEE YOU SOON!
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