Monthly Gatherings

February Monthly Gathering- How Many Ways Can A Black Hole Kill You?

Don’t let the name fool you: a black hole is anything but empty space. Rather, it is a great amount of matter packed into a very small area- think of a star ten times more massive than the Sun squeezed into a sphere approximately the diameter of New York City. The result is a gravitational field so strong that nothing within a specific proximity, not even light, can escape. To many, black holes are the most fascinating objects in space. But even as black holes lurk in the vastness of space, unlike their Hollywood depictions, they don’t actually go around devouring everything in sight. Nevertheless, they are still dangerous creatures, and best studied from afar. Join Professor Rajib Ganguly, Associate Chair of Physics and resident astronomer at the University of Michigan-Flint, as he ponders the many ways an encounter with a black hole could lead to your untimely demise. Dr. Rajib Ganguly received his doctorate in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. After brief postdoctoral positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute (2002-2005) in Baltimore, MD and the University of Wyoming (2005-2009) in Laramie, WY, he was hired at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he now serves at the Associate Chair of the Physics program within the Department of Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics.

 

Join us Saturday February 18th for a death-defying journey through the cosmos. Doors open at 7pm. The program begins at 8pm.