Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Learn about 'Black Holes' at the Peabody

NEW HAVEN - The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will hold a talk dubbed "Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe: An Observer’s View," by Meg Urry, the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Yale at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
Urry, shown in the photo, also is and director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, according to a museum statement.
"Black holes are an incredibly strange phenomenon. Predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, they arise when a great deal of matter is concentrated in a small volume. Theory became reality when astronomers began seeing evidence for black holes in our galaxy and out to the farthest reaches of the universe," the statement said.


Urry will describe simple ways of thinking about black holes, show some of the evidence for astrophysical black holes, and suggest the effect that the growth of black holes might have on the evolution of galaxies, the statement said.
 
The event will be held in the 3rd floor auditorium at the museum.
It is free and open to the public.
The museum is at 170 Whitney Ave.


Editor's note: Meg Urry photo is by Lisa Keresci









Black holes are an incredibly strange phenomenon. Predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, they arise when a great deal of matter is concentrated in a small volume. Theory became reality when astronomers began seeing evidence for black holes in our galaxy and out to the farthest reaches of the universe.



Urry will describe simple ways of thinking about black holes, show some of the evidence for astrophysical black holes, and suggest the effect that the growth of black holes might have on the evolution of galaxies.



Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

www.peabody.yale.edu Infotape: 203-432-5050

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