Astronomer Eliot Quataert of U.C. Berkeley will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on: "Black Holes: The Science Behind the Science Fiction."
Dr. Quataert will begin by describing what black holes are (and what they are not!). He will then discuss how black holes are discovered and how they give rise to some of the most remarkable and bizarre phenomena in the universe.
Dr. Quataert is a professor in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley where he is a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer. He is one of the leading scientists studying how black holes are formed, the effects of black holes on their surroundings, and how black holes reveal themselves when hot gas from the neighborhood falls into them. He has received a number of national awards for young scientists including the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
No background in science will be required for this talk, which will interest everyone with a love of the frontier between science and science fiction.
Free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $2. Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information.
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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