Black holes have been the stuff of science fiction since Karl Schwarzschild predicted their existence in 1916. In the same year, Albert Einstein showed that his theory of relativity also predicted the existence of gravitational waves – actual vibrations in the fabric of spacetime itself.
One hundred years later, in 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (located at sites in Washington state and Louisiana) achieved what many, including Einstein, thought impossible: the direct detection of gravitational waves. And in 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global array network of eight radio telescopes, captured the world’s first image of a black hole’s event horizon.
Join us for an introduction to these miracles of science.
Artist / Speaker: Dr. Robert Eisenstein
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm