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Event

Public AstroNight: The Event Horizon Telescope: Seeing the Unseeable

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 18:15to19:45
Leacock Building Room 132, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA
Price: 
Free

A very special public talk by Dr. Shepherd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope, which recently produced the first ever photo of a black hole!

* This talk is currently sold out! *

Free and open to all, no knowledge of astronomy needed or expected! The lecture begins at 6:15 PM sharp in the Leacock Building, room 132! The talk will also be live streamed, and we will try to take some questions from the online audience - the stream will appear on the AstroMcGill Facebook page when it starts.

Abstract: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is an array of radio telescopes that can resolve the event horizons of the nearest supermassive black holes. EHT detects light that originate from gas that is close to the event horizon of a black hole, and this light travels unimpeded to telescopes on the Earth. The primary goal of the EHT is to resolve and image the predicted ring of light that orbit black holes due to the strong gravitational pull. After 1.5 years of data reduction and analysis, we report success: we have imaged a black hole! This talk will cover the project and first results as well as some future directions.

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