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Supermassive Black Holes: Monsters Lurking in the Hearts of Galaxies with Research Scientist Dan Wilkins

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Black holes are some of the most exotic and most extreme objects in the Universe. Though they may sound like the stuff of science fiction, they are real and much more common than you may think; every galaxy has one lurking at its center! Find out exactly what a black hole is, how we can find them and how they can power some of the brightest objects we see in the night sky.
 
Dan Wilkins, research scientist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC). Wilkins focuses on how material spiralling into a supermassive black hole in the centers of galaxies is able to release huge amounts of energy, powering some of the brightest objects we see in the Universe. He is a member of NASA and European Space Agency teams developing the next generation of X-ray observatories to be launched in the next decade. Wilkins is passionate about communicating science to the public. He regularly gives lectures to a wide variety of audiences, and is the founder and host of the Discover Our Universe public lecture series from KIPAC. Wilkins has received many honors and awards including NASA’s Einstein Fellowship and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics’ National Fellowship.
 
Admission for Classes Without Quizzes and Tours is included in the daily and all-access passes.They are all first-come, first-served, please arrive early to guarantee a spot.Capacity: 400