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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Oct 20, 2009 12:37:14 GMT -6
Adler Planetarium to host lecture on Black Holes and Cosmology 21 October 2007 7:00 pm
Made possible by the University of Chicago Astronomy & Physics Dept - Kip Thorne, esteemed Professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology will make a presentation on mysterious cosmological forces - Wednesday at the Adler.....
The Warped Side of the Universe: From the Big Bang to Black Holes" Featuring Kip Thorne, PhD Adler Planetarium - Universe Theater Wednesday, October 21 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Our Universe has a "warped side" -- objects and phenomena, like black holes and the big-bang, that are made not from matter, but rather from warped space and warped time. Thorne will describe this mysterious warped side and the quest to simulate it using supercomputers and observe it using gravitational waves."
Quite a fascinating area of study and I just might learn something.
I'm there and invite my Chicago Astronomers to stop by and say hi!
If you attend, get there early for good seats and parking along the Drive.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Oct 21, 2009 22:03:32 GMT -6
Astro Joe Meets Kip Throne
Arriving early, Dr, Thorne was settling up and prepping for his lecture on Black Holes, when I thought I would take the quiet opportunity to introduce myself and grab a pic with the esteemed theorist...
Pictured are Fellow Chicago Astronomer John, Kip Thorne and myself.
Attending with fellow Adler Telescope Operators, John and Steve...we settled down to for an hour of Astrophysics.
The lecture was very interesting and the dance of duo Black Holes were a fascinating one.
Demonstarting mechanics with video and images, the hour went by pretty fast. A new trio of satellites are planned for gravitational wave detection in 2014 using lasers to measure fluctuations from Black Holes, with graviton waves being the only known energies from the moment of the Big Bang, with photons and neutons coming later....about one second later.
In a bet with Stephen Hawking, Thorne won a debate about singularities and Hawkings conceeded with an embroidered t-shirt with this.
Audrey, from the Chicago Astronomical Society is nursing a kitten, (Galileo), and this is his third visit to the Adler...
A good night of "in your face Black Holes" talk for the Chicago Astronomers.