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Flares and Fireworks from Black Holes

Dan Wilkins

Black holes are some of the most exotic and extreme objects in the universe. Though they sound like the stuff of science fiction, they are real and much more common than you might think. Every galaxy has a black hole lurking at its center! Black holes are not actually black, because matter falling into black holes releases energy that can power some of the brightest objects we see in the night sky.

In this lecture you will find out exactly what a black hole is, how we can find them, and how they can flare intensely - giving rise to impressive firework displays and launching jets of vast plasma at close to the speed of light.

Speaker: Dan Wilkins, Stanford

Note that this talk has been moved to the Observation Post from the Officer's Club.

Tuesday, 02/20/18


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San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Observation Post/Building 211
211 Lincoln Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94129