RASC Regular Meeting Feb 13, 2017 Fantastic Black Holes and How to Find Them

Centaurus A  (NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al)

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Gregory Sivakoff
Fantastic Black Holes and How to Find Them

Few astronomical objects are as broadly exciting as black holes. But how exactly do astronomers find these fantastic objects? Gregory Sivakoff will discuss some of the techniques he and other astronomers use to hunt down black holes.

           

Dr. Gregory Sivakoff is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. He hunts black holes using X-ray, radio, infrared and optical telescopes. He also studies neutron stars and white dwarf stars in his spare time.
He studied physics and mathematics at Brandeis University, obtained a MSc in radio astronomy at University of Manchester, and then obtained his PhD at the University of Virginia.