- Public Event
Because this is an online event, the in-person stargazing that normally follows events in this series will not be possible.
Join the YouTube Livestream here: https://youtu.be/FLV2rNEIBng
7:00–7:30 p.m. - Virtual Lecture
7:30–9:00 p.m. - Virtual Panel Q&A and Discussion
The existence of black holes is one of the most striking predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity, but it has been a century-long journey to test whether these bizarre objects are actually formed in our universe. This question has been investigated in several different ways: by considering the evolution and eventual collapse of massive stars; by observing stellar motion around a "dark mass concentration" at the center of our own galaxy; by examining X-ray and radio emission from gas falling into "dense massive objects"; by viewing light bent by the gravitational potential of free-floating "invisible objects"; and most recently, by collecting gravitational waves from colliding "compact massive binaries". I will show that black holes predicted by general relativity have passed all these checks with scrutiny, and then I will discuss what additional ways astronomers can further test the existence of black holes.
About the Series
Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by a Q&A panel and guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing and panel Q&A last 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.
Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture and panel Q&A takes place regardless of weather.
For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.