Big Black Holes

Thu, Jul 26
  • 110 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
"Astronomy explains the origins of how our galaxy formed and black holes are a part of that formation."

- Anil C. Seth

The gravitational pull from a black hole is so strong that light cannot escape it. Black holes form when stars collapse. Supermassive black holes have a mass of more than 1 million suns, and are thought to be at the center of all big galaxies.

Dr. Anil C. Seth will discuss "Big Black Holes" on Thursday, July 26 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. during the final event in the Summer Lecture Series at Clark Planetarium.Dr. Seth was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics, Astronomy, and Music from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Seth completed five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before being appointed an assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah in 2011. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2017. He studies the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies by detecting individual stars and clusters of stars whose ages, composition, and motions can be measured. His particular focus is on understanding the centers of galaxies and the black holes and massive star clusters we find there.From 4:30 pm to 6 pm enjoy science demonstrations in the lobby. Lecture starts at 6 pm and ends at 7 pm. From 7 pm to 7:30 pm Dr. Seth will answer questions from the public.Join us for Clark Planetarium's free Summer Lecture Series "Big Black Holes" and ensure that your learning never ends.

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